Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go
The Office of Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, along with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), provided assistance to struggling residents of Cuyapo, Licab, and Talugtug on Tuesday, January 25, Nueva Ecija have been impacted by the global health crisis.
In a video message, Go appealed to eligible residents to join the national immunization drive and receive full immunizations against Covid-19 to ensure they, their families and communities are protected from the virus.
“Tuluy-tuloy naman po ang pagbabakuna ng gobyerno kaya naman nakikiusap po ako na magpabakuna na po kayo. Ang iniiwasan natin ay bumagsak ang ating health care system, ‘yung napupuno po ‘yung mga hospital. Magtulungan ho tayo (The government’s vaccination program continues and I appeal to you to have your vaccine. What we are avoiding is the collapse of our healthcare system. Let’s help each other),” Go said.
“Magtiwala ho kayo sa gobyerno, magtiwala ho kayo sa bakuna. Ang bakuna po tanging susi o solusyon sa ngayon para makamtan po natin the population protection at herd immunity ,” he added.
Go also called on the public to help the government encourage others to get vaccinated, citing the need to raise awareness to fully address vaccine hesitancy.
At the respective municipal gyms of Licab and Talugtug and Umaling in Cuyapo, Go staff distributed meals and masks to a total of 187 displaced workers. They also provided computer tablets, new shoes and bicycles to selected recipients.
In addition, a team from DSWD, through its Sustainable Livelihood program, provided the necessary livelihood grants to give displaced workers more business start-up opportunities.
As chair of the Senate Health and Demographics Committee, the senator reminded the public to remain focused on health while caring for their families amid the pandemic.
To further help residents seek medical care or assistance from the government, he advised them to contact his office or visit one of the three malasakit centers in the province, located at the Eduardo L. Joson Memorial hospital and in the Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center (PJGMRMC), both located in Cabanatuan City, and the Talavera General Hospital in Talavera.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop that streamlines the delivery of medical assistance by bringing the relevant government agencies together under one roof, namely the DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
In the end, Go, who is also an adopted son of Nueva Ecija, paid tribute to each municipality’s respective local officials for their efforts to ensure their constituents are well supported in crisis situations.
As Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance, Go has supported several projects to promote infrastructure development and public service delivery in the province, including the construction of Barangay San Agustin, Santo Domingo to Barangay Pag-asa, Talavera Road with Bridge; Construction of Barangay Dolores, Santo Domingo to Barangay San Carlos, Aliaga Road with bridge; and Central Luzon State University Road Network Rehabilitation and Improvement.
He also supported road rehabilitation in Cabiao, General Tinio, Pantabangan, Zaragoza and Cabanatuan City; construction of flood defenses in General Tinio, Quezon, San Antonio and Zaragoza; Construction of multipurpose buildings in Gabaldon, Sta. Pink and Cabanatuan City; Completion of PJGMRMC in Cabanatuan City; Llanera Public Market Reconstruction; rehabilitation of the Baloc public market; and installation of street lamps in Zaragoza.