FOLLOWING his team's five-day distribution activity in Dagupan City, Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go continued his commitment to help more sectors adversely affected by the national health crisis as he sent aid to thousands of market vendors and Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association members, returning overseas Filipino workers, and displaced workers in Umingan, Pangasinan.
In his video message, Go, chairman of the Senate Committee on ealth and Demography, urged the 2,583 beneficiaries to get inoculated to help the country attain population protection and herd immunity fast.
He also reassured them that the government continues to get more supplies of vaccines to ensure more Filipinos are protected against the coronavirus.
Go's outreach team utilized two venues, the Umingan Auditorium and the Umingan Central National High School, and grouped the beneficiaries into smaller batches to ensure the safety and efficiency of the operation.
Go's staff handed out meals, masks, face shields, and vitamins to the recipients while they strictly enforced the necessary safety and health protocols to prevent the further spread of the virus.
Some received new pairs of shoes and bicycles that they can use to help ease their travel situation considering that access to public transportation remains limited. Others received computer tablets intended to help their children with their classes under the blended learning setup.
Meanwhile, representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) granted each essential worker with financial assistance to further help them sustain their daily needs.
Aside from the aid distributed, the senator offered additional assistance to the beneficiaries with health concerns as he advised them to visit the Malasakit Center in Region 1 Medical Center located in Dagupan City should they need medical attention.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where concerned agencies, such as DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, work hand-in-hand to help poor and indigent patients to reduce their hospital bills to the lowest amount possible.
"Mga kababayan ko, mayroon na ho tayong 142 na Malasakit Center sa buong Pilipinas na handang tumulong po sa inyo hanggang maging zero balance po ang inyong billing. Para po 'yan sa mga poor and indigent patients, para po 'yan sa Pilipino. Lapitan niyo lang po ang Malasakit Center (My countrymen, we have already 142 Malasakit Centers nationwide ready to help with your medical billings. That is for the poor and indigent patients, for the Filipinos. Just go to the Malasakit Center)," Go said.
As vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go supported the construction of farm-to-market roads in Barangay Pangangaan to further boost the economic progress of the municipality.