MAUWAY, Mandaluyong City — Christopher Lawrence ‘Kuya Bong’ Go today said his resignation from government does not mean he will no longer help those in need.
“I am considered resigned but I’ve not resigned from helping our fellow Filipinos. Tutulong at tutulong po ako even as a private citizen,” he said.
This was the assurance he gave to the more than 220 families who were affected by the fires that hit Barangays 8 and 14 in Caloocan City, and in Mauway, Mandaluyong.
True to his commitment, ‘Kuya’ Bong Go spent the whole day until the late evening of October 23 attending to the fire victims.
“SAP (ako) noon, at private citizen Bong Go na ngayon, (pero) kung saan man ako mapadpad ng tadhana, patuloy po akong tutulong at magbibigay serbisyo sa kapwa nating mga Pilipino. Kahit saan, kung may mga nasunugan, may mga nabaha; kahit saang eskinita, papasukin ko kayo at tutulong ako. Lapitan niyo lang ako,” Go said.
Go brought relief goods, donated by his friends and supporters, for the victims. While speaking with the affected families, he also promised to assist them further by following up with the relevant government agencies to provide further care and assistance to the victims.
“May dinala po kaming cash assistance, grocery items, mula sa mga kaibigan ko sa pribadong sektor. Tapos papakiusapan ko po ang mga iba’t ibang ahensiya ng national government bukas para tingnan naman nila dito kung ano pwede nilang maiambag o maitulong. Mula sa DSWD (Department of Social Work and Development), DOH (Department of Health), PCSO (Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office) and even PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) kung may maibibigay po sila rito sa mga naging biktima,” he said in a recent ambush interview.
During his visits to fire victims, Go encouraged the victims who are in need of health-related assistance to avail themselves of quality healthcare from the Malasakit Centers.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop program of President Duterte to assist particularly poor patients in getting assistance from the government by pooling them together in one center. A fast lane prioritizing the senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) is also available in every center.
Moreover, Go recognized the efforts of Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) on duty who were catering to the needs of fire victims. He committed to study the possibility of providing more compensation benefits to BHWs as they are vital in the delivery of primary health care services.
Go also said he will also look into the improvement of fire safety measures as part of his legislative agenda.
“Isa po ‘yan sa titignan natin lalong lalo na po itong mga safety measures po na dapat gawin. Tulad nitong mga nasunugan, dikit-dikit yung mga bahay, ‘yung mga kuryente, minsan meron pang mga illegal tapping,” Go said in his response to a question regarding his take on fire safety measures if he gets elected to Senate.