Go urges fire victims to get gov’t housing

Bong Go (foreground) checks the condition of the fire victims in Cainta. (Contributed photo)

Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and 2019 senatorial aspirant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go encouraged the victims of fires in Rizal province to avail of the socialized housing of the government.

“Ang pinakaimportante dito ‘yung (mga miyembro ng) NHA po, papakiusapan po natin sila na tumulong dito at makausap si Kapitan para mag-interview sa inyo, ma-arrange kung sino po ang gustong mag-avail ng murang pabahay sa gobyerno. Marami na pong (biktima ng sunog ang) nag-avail ng murang pabahay sa gobyerno, tulad noong (sunog) sa Quezon City,” Go said Wednesday while visiting fire victims in the towns of Cainta and San Mateo.

Go said he will be requesting the National Housing Authority to send representatives to meet with the victims to process the papers of those interested in acquiring low-cost housing.

Barangay Sto. Domingo in Cainta was the site of the 3 February 2019 fire that destroyed 300 houses, affected 964 families, injured 20 people, left 2 individuals dead, and caused property damage amounting to around P6 million, according to the Bureau of Fire Protection.

Meanwhile, Nawasa Compound in Barangay Guitnangbayan II, San Mateo was the site of the 2 February 2019 fire that destroyed 12 houses, displaced 31 families, and left a 2-year-old dead, according to Barangay Chairman Gary Linco.

Residents who were affected by the Cainta fire were forced to evacuate to four nearby makeshift evacuation centers, with the Riverside Subdivision gym housing the most number of evacuees.

In San Mateo, residents affected by the fire evacuated to the nearby basketball court.

Go and his supporters first visited evacuees in Cainta and gave out grocery items, food packs, meals, and cash assistance.

“Nakakalungkot nga po at mayroon pong namatay. Willing po kaming tumulong kaya nagdala kami ng kaunting financial assistance saka mga grocery packs, saka pagkain nila ngayong hapunan. Pantawid lang po, kaunting tulong po mula sa mga pribado kong kaibigan,” Go told the fire victims.

He also pledged to provide uniforms and school supplies to children of the fire victims so that they can resume their studies as soon as possible.

Go called on his former colleagues in government agencies such as the DoH, DSWD, and PCSO to provide assistance to the fire victims.

He offered to provide one-way travel assistance for those who will rather go back to their own provinces.

Apart from food packs and financial assistance, Go and his friends brought foam sheets that the fire victims can use as mattresses to make their stay at the temporary evacuation center a little more comfortable.

“’Yan po ang aking priority pagdating ng panahon: ‘yung fire prevention and protection. Saka gusto ko rin po magkaroon tayo ng maayos na evacuation center: ‘yung mayroong higaan, mayroong CR na maayos,” he told affected residents.

Go lauded Cainta Mayor Johnielle Kieth Nieto and local government officials for looking after the welfare of the fire victims.

On the side, Go invited members of the Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association of the fire-affected areas to eat together while reminding them to avoid illegal drugs.

“Layuan niyo ‘yung droga. Alam niyo, galit si Pangulo sa droga. Galit din ako sa droga,” said Go, as he vowed to support President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption.

He mentioned his legislative agenda such as to improve the delivery of health services in the country, with the institutionalization of Malasakit Centers being front and center of that plan so that each province and urban center of the country can have its own such facility.

Based on Go’s idea, a Malasakit Center makes it easier and faster for indigent patients to avail of medical and financial assistance from the government at it gathers, in one room, concerned government agencies such as the DoH, DSWD, PCSO, and Philhealth.

Apart from healthcare, the fight against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption, as well as fire protection and prevention, Go’s legislative agenda also has programs for agriculture, education, housing, long-term sports development, localized peace talks, barangay welfare, the creation of a Department of OFW, and improved benefits for senior citizens.

Reiterating his promise to help fire victims wherever they are, Go said, “Wala po kaming ibang hangarin ni Pangulong Duterte kung hindi kabutihan ng bawat Pilipino dahil mahal namin kayo.”

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