By Ali G. Macabalang
At least 101 families affected by the recent fire in Quezon City’s Barangay Culiat have received relief assistance from the Office of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go in pursuit of the Davao lawmaker’s slogan, ‘Walang tulog ang serbisyo.’
The beneficiary-families involving 352 individuals including Muslims received meals, medicines, financial assistance, food packs, vitamins, masks, face shields and even bicycles for household heads on Jan.5, according to a post in the senator’s Facebook page.
The aid recipients were adversely affected by conflagration that hit a residential area at Purok 2 of Baranay Culiat in Quezon City Dec. 29, 2020 night. The fire started at around 8:00 p.m., reaching the first alarm by 8:27 p.m. and the fifth alarm by 9:00 p.m., and was contained two hours later.
“As I have said numerous times, I will not limit myself to serving as a Senator only. As public servant, magseserbisyo po ako sa inyo kahit saan man kayo sa mundo para tugunan ang inyong mga suliranin, pakinggan ang inyong mga hinaing, at mag-iwan ng ngiti sa oras ng inyong pagdadalamhati,” Go told the fire victims via live telecast.
“Para sa amin, walang tulog ang serbisyo, lalo na sa oras ng inyong pangangailangan. Kahit anumang problema ang inyong kinakaharap — nasunugan, tinamaan ng lindol, apektado ng pagputok ng bulkan, nabahaan, lahat ng klaseng krisis — handa akong tumulong at magserbisyo sa inyo sa abot ng aking makakaya,” he added.
Personnel from the Department of Trade and Industry and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority assessed and validated possible beneficiaries among the fire victims for the livelihood and scholarship assistance, respectively, from the government.
Go urged beneficiaries suffering from medical conditions to seek assistance in the nearby Malasakit Centers located at the Lung Center of the Philippines, Novaliches District Hospital, Philippine Heart Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, and East Avenue Medical Center, all in Quezon City.
97th Malasakit Center opened in Sulu
A day after dispersing the relief goods for the fire victims, Senator Go’s staff workers flew to Jolo, Sulu and joined Governor Sakur Tan in inaugurating the newly established Malasakit Center in the town.
The new entity, located at the Sulu Provincial Hospital, is the 79th in the chain of Malasakit Centers established across the country through Senator Go’s initiative.
“Malaking tulong ang Malasakit Center sa ating mga kababayan sa Jolo dahil hindi na nila kailangan pang lumayo at dumayo sa iba pang karatig-bayan para sa kanilang mga pangangailangang medikal. Katuwang ang DOH, DSWD, PCSO at PhilHealth, mas pinadali ang pag-proseso ng mga dokumento at walang mahabang pila ang hatid nito sa ating mga kababayan,” Go’s office said a Facebook post. AGM