TONDO, Manila — Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go headed to the district past midnight after the Cabinet meeting in Malacañang Palace to provide assistance to families affected by two separate fire incidents in the area.
His office, together with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity and Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Department of Health (DoH), and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), provided immediate relief assistance to the affected families.
“Ngayon, immediate cash assistance ang naibigay mula sa opisina namin, sa PCSO, DOH, PAGCOR and DSWD,” Go said in an ambush interview.
On the morning of October 6, fire broke out in 733 Kalayaan St., Hermosa, Tondo, Manila.
According to the reports, the fire started at the ground floor of the three-storey house owned by Liza Loreto and her family. The fire affected seven families.
The affected families are currently staying outside their damaged houses.
In his conversation with the affected families, Go said he will look into possible ways in helping them find shelter and to be able to pay for a new place to rent.
“Tignan ko paano ko kayo matutulungan maghanap ng lugar at pambayad para sa bagong mauupahan,” he said.
(I will check as to how I can help you in finding new places to live in.)
Meanwhile, another fire incident took place on October 8, in the same district.
The fire started at the ground floor of a two-storey house in Vargas St., New Antipolo. Six families were affected by the fire incident.
Go presented two possible options for the fire victims. To those who wish to go back to their home provinces, he said he will shoulder their transportation expenses. The second suggestion is for those who wish to avail of housing and relocation, Go will help facilitate their requests to the National Housing Authority (NHA).
Aside from the additional cash assistance, Go also committed to provide uniforms for school children and workers who were victims of the fire. His staff will also accompany the fire victims in buying new clothes.
“Nangako po ako na bibilhan ko sila ng damit para makapagtrabaho kaagad sila, makapag-aral ang mga estudyante. Pagkain rin, magbibigay po tayo,” Go said.
(I promised to buy them clothes for them to be able to go back to work, and for the students to be able to go to school. We will also provide food.)
He also asked his staff to accompany to the hospital the fire victims who are in need of medical attention.
In line with the ‘Sapatos ni SAP, Tsinelas Ka-Swap’ program, he exchanged his pair of rubber shoes to one of the fire victims who lost most of his belongings due to the incident.
Go thanked the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) and the North Dagupan Fire Volunteer Brigade (NDFVB) fire volunteers for their immediate response and continued service.
Furthermore, he encouraged his supporters to provide clothing and other relief goods as requested by the fire victims, as he donated some of his old clothes as well.