CAUYAN CITY, Isabela – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said the Malasakit Center was the idea of former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
“Yang Malasakit kanya ‘yan, siya (Go) talaga nag-konsepto niyan,” said Duterte in his message during the rally of the senatorial ticket of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) at the FLDY Coliseum here.
Duterte, who showed up at the rally wearing a campaign t-shirt printed with Go’s face, recalled that he asked the latter to find a way to provide immediate health-related assistance to the needy without having to pass through the bureaucratic grid and his solution was to bring together in one room all concerned government agencies such as the DOH, DSWD, PCSO and Philhealth.
Duterte stressed that Go is a very hard-working person.
“Iyan si Bong Go, ang tanging bisyo ay magserbisyo,” he told the crowd. “I tell you, you won’t go wrong with him.”
Early into the senatorial campaign, Go has made a commitment to continue the effort for genuine change that Duterte had started.
“Ating itutuloy ang pagbabagong sinimulan ni Pangulong Duterte para sa kabutihan ng bawat Pilipino,” said Go.
Responding to the President, Isabela Gov. Faustino “Bojie” Dy III, said the province has been a staunch supporter of the Duterte administration from the start as he also committed the full support of the local leaders for Go and the rest of the PDP-Laban senatorial ticket.
“Makakaasa po kayo mahal na Pangulo, ang inyo pong mga iniendorsong senador, magtutulong-tulong ang mga local officials para matiyak na lumabas ang inyong mga kandidato dito po sa aming lalawigan ng Isabela,” Dy said.
For his part, Go thanked the leaders of the province and its residents for their support.
“Sa lahat ng mga kaibigan ko dito, mga kapatid ko from Isabela, salamat po sa inyong mainit na pagtanggap sa amin dito,” he said.
He stressed that institutionalizing the Malasakit Center through an appropriate law is top in his legislative agenda to enable the establishment of such centers in more provinces and key urban areas of the country and allow it to be a continuing program of the government.
“Gusto ko po itong isabatas para po makinabang naman ang ating mga kababayan sa pera nila. Pera nyo po ito, ibinabalik lang namin sa pamamagitan ng serbisyong mabilis, maayos at maaasahan,” Go stressed.
At present, there are already 29 Malasakit Centers operating in various areas of the country.
Go likewise vowed to promote the welfare of the barangay officials through a Magna Carta that would provide them not only additional benefits but also build their capacity to serve their community better.
“Naiintindihan ko po ang trabaho ng mga kapitan. Kayo ang pinakaimportante kasi kayo ang nagdadala ng basic services, lahat ng problema kayo ang unang nag-aayos. Isusulong ko po yung Magna Carta for barangay officials para sa kapakanan ninyo,” Go added.
Go, who also vowed to support the programs and policies of the Duterte administration, said he would not waste any opportunity to serve the people, particularly those who really need help.
“Minsan lang po tayo dadaan sa mundong ito. Kung ano ang (mabuting) pwede nating gawin sa ating kapwa gawin na po natin ngayon. Wala po kaming ibang hangarin ni Pangulong Duterte kundi kabutihan ng bawat Pilipino dahil mahal namin kayo,” Go said.
Other components of Go’s legislative agenda include programs for agriculture, anti-illegal drugs and criminality, housing, education, long-term sports development, localized peace talks, fire protection and prevention, anti-corruption, creation of a Department of OFW and improved benefits for senior citizens.