Bong Go: Serve people to serve God

Bong Go meets leukemia-stricken Quiljade Armas in Roxas City, Capiz on Saturday, 26 January 2019. (Contributed photo)

Former Special Assistant to the President and 2019 senatorial aspirant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday congratulated new doctors belonging to the Seventh Day Adventist Church, saying they are kindred spirits united by their dedication to serve the people.

In his message before the new doctors during the recognition rites held at the Vikings in Mall of Asia in Pasay City, Go also urged them to value service above all, noting that service to the people is also service to God.

“Unang-una gusto kong batiin ang mga miyembro ng Seventh Day Adventist Church na nakapasa ng Physician Licensure Examination at ngayon ay ganap nang mga doktor. Nagbigay karangalan kayo sa inyong pamilya, simbahan at pamayanan,” Go said.

Among the new doctors who belong to the Seventh Day Adventists are three of the top 10 in the 2019 Physician’s Board Exams for March 2019, namely Clinton Rosita Rabadon of West Visayas State University-La Paz (1st place), Dale Ivan Aurigue Bruel of the University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center (7th) , and Wilma Cleo Yvonne Borja Dapog of Cebu Doctor’s University-College of Medicine.

Go said doctors and health workers are close to his heart because they share a common advocacy, noting that among his top priorities is the improvement in the delivery of medical services.

Go lamented that in going around the country, he noticed that many public hospitals lack enough facilities and equipment to handle the number of patients.

“Isang kama, dalawa o tatlong bata. Paano gagaling ang mga pasyente kung ganun po ang kanilang kalagayan?” said Go, who is pushing for additional funding for public health institutions.

He also pointed out that during his stint as SAP, he had helped President Rodrigo Duterte in establishing Malasakit Centers as part of their shared vision to help poor patients.

A brainchild of Go, the Malasakit Center is a program of the Duterte administration meant to make it easier and faster for indigent patients to avail of medical and financial assistance from the government by bringing together in one room concerned agencies such as the DOH, DSWD, PCSO and Philhealth.

Go is pushing for a law that would institutionalize Malasakit Center and enable the establishment of such centers in more provinces and key urban areas in the country.

The former SAP had been consistently saying that he fully supports the programs and policies of President Duterte, particularly the campaign against criminality, corruption and illegal drugs.

Other priority concerns under Go’s legislative agenda include programs for agriculture, education, housing for the poor, long-term sports development, localized peace talks, fire protection and prevention, barangay welfare, creation of a Department of OFW and improved benefits for senior citizens.