COTABATO CITY: Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Friday extended financial assistance to 21 families, whose houses were burned in a fire that hit Kidapawan City on August 5.
Go, accompanied by actors Philip Salvador and Robin Padilla, met with fire victims in Purok Cherry in Barangay Poblacion and provided financial aid and goods.
Daisy Gaviola, Kidapawan City social welfare and development deputy head, said four houses were totally destroyed by the mid-morning conflagration, while 17 others were left partially damaged, affecting about 110 families.
Families of totally damaged homes received P30,000 cash assistance, while P20,000 were extended to those whose homes were partially destroyed by the fire.
“Please take my small contribution to your recovery,” Go told the fire victims in the vernacular. “At least you have something to start and these grocery items for your additional food assistance.”
Aside from Go, the Department of Health (DoH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority also extended various assistance and training so the victims can rebuild their lives.
“Indeed, it is true that Sen. Bong Go has heart for the poor,” Rodrigo Abelgas, one of the fire victims, said.
Before leaving the activity, Go promised to put up a Malasakit Center in North Cotabato.
A Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop in public hospitals that houses desk representatives from the DSWD, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and DoH.
These agencies have agreed to have their representatives present in such centers so that people would be able to transact without having to leave the hospital.
Before Go arrived to give assistance to the fire victims, the local government of Kidapawan, headed by Mayor Joseph Evangelista, distributed to the affected families food packs and other basic items, including hygiene kits, blankets, mats and canned goods.
Evangelista also announced that he had directed the City Planning and Development Office to immediately coordinate with the fire victims for possible relocation under the city’s housing program.