Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and 2019 senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go was warmly welcomed in La Union on Saturday as he declared his big plans for the province.
“Masaya po ako na very warm po ang pagtanggap sa akin,” Go said of the welcome by La Union Governor Francisco Emmanuel “Pacoy” Ortega III and local government officials during his visit to join in the weekend celebrations in San Fernando City as well as the towns of San Juan and Bauang.
It was Go’s first time since the 2016 elections to spend the entire day in La Union. He enjoyed the smiles and the welcome he received from his fellow public servants and his fellow Filipinos.
Go attended the gathering of local community leaders held at the San Juan Gym in San Juan. This was followed by the closing ceremony of Pasko sa Kapitolyo at the Provincial Capitol in San Fernando City. Lastly, Go attended the selection and coronation of Mutia Ti Bauang 2019 at the Bauang Farmers Civic Center in the town of Bauang.
In an interview, he said a Malasakit Center will soon be opened at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center in San Fernando City that will cater to patients in and around the province.
“One-stop shop po ito. Kung noon isang linggo kayong iikot, manghihingi ng tulong sa iba’t ibang ahensya: DOH, DSWD, PCSO, PAGCOR, at PhilHealth, ngayon po nasa iisang kwarto na lang po ito, sa Malasakit Center,” he said.
A program of the Duterte administration, the Malasakit Center is an office for DOH, PCSO, DSWD, PhilHealth, and other relevant government agencies where patients can get quick medical and financial assistance from the government.
Go, who was instrumental in putting up Malasakit Centers when he was serving as the top aide of President Duterte, said he wants to push a law that would institutionalize the establishment of Malasakit Centers in all parts of the nation.
Aside from the Malasakit Center, Go mentioned he intends to further support local government units by empowering barangay workers and officials as they are the frontliners in the war against drugs. In line with this, he plans to push for measures to protect their welfare as well as increase their compensation and benefits. He also plans to push for their term extension.
“They deserve it po. (Sa) kaka-extend ng previous term, kinain ‘yung term nila. Kulang po ‘yung taon para sa mga gusto nilang reporma. Isusulong ko po ang extension ng term nila. Magna Carta sa Barangay Workers, suportado ko ‘yan. Sila po ang nakakaalam ng problema sa komunidad,” Go said.
Go acknowledged as well the relevance La Union has as a tourist spot.
Every year, thousands of tourists flock to the province to frolick in its coastline and surf its waters, bringing the province and the country huge revenues annually. Go believes that legislative measures must be pushed to support, protect, as well as preserve the beaches of La Union.
“Marami nga pong magagandang beaches dito so susuportahan ko ‘yung mga panukalang maging surfing capital po itong La Union sa buong bansa,” Go said.
An aspiring senator for the 2019 midterm elections, Go believes that he can do more for La Union and other parts of the nation.
“Kaya pangako ko talaga, kahit saang sulok ng Pilipinas, kahit saan ang lugar ninyo, mga nasunugan, nabahaan, papasukin ko talaga ‘yan dahil wala pong makakapigil sa akin basta sa pagseserbisyo sa bayan,” Go said.
Go’s legislative agenda covers healthcare, education, agriculture, housing, long-term sports development, anti-corruption drive, anti-illegal drugs and criminality drive, localized peace talks, fire safety and prevention, creation of a Department of OFW, barangay empowerment, as well as senior citizens welfare.