SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go gave aid to 1,211 families comprised of 4,255 individuals affected by a fire that razed 200 houses on February 4 in Baseco Compound, Port Area in Manila.
Aside from relief and financial assistance, Go also offered to provide for the uniforms and various school supplies of the affected students.
The victims also received assistance from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor and National Housing Authority. Local officials were also present during the visit.
Go explained the concept of the Malasakit Center program to the residents, saying that it aims to cut time, money and effort spent by Filipinos just to seek government financial and medical assistance.
With the medical assistance programs coming from the four participating agencies already available in the Malasakit Center, Go said that the target is to reduce the hospital bills of poor patients to the lowest possible amount.
“Zero balance billing ang target po natin dito (Zero balance billing is our target here),” he said.
The senator also extended help to those who need to undergo medical operations.