Go visits Bacolod fire victims

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Father’s Day was charity day for Senator-elect Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go as he visited on Sunday families affected by a fire in Bacolod City to provide them assistance.

Go also promised to treat the children of fire victims together with their fathers to a small celebration.

“Binabati ko ang lahat ng ama ng tahanan. Ito ‘yung araw na sinasabi ko na sana makabawi naman tayo sa ating mga ama, o mga anak. Kagaya nga ng sinabi ko sa mga nasunugan dito, ipasyal niyo po ang inyong mga anak at bilang isa ring ama sagot ko na ang pagtreat sa kanila,” Go said in an interview at the basketball court of Barangay 2.

Go also made a short and sweet father’s day greeting to President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Binabati ko rin po si Pangulong Duterte bilang inyong ama na tunay na nagmamahal sa inyo. Ako naman, ako po, ang inyong kuya Bong Go ay isa rin po akong ama, mahal namin kayo ni Pangulong Duterte at tinuturing po namin kayo na mga anak at kapatid. Wala po kaming ibang hangarin kundi paglingkuran kayo,” he said.

Around 1,200 individuals were affected by the 10 June fire in Purok Kagaykay, Barangay 2. Go committed to help the victims.

“Mayroon po ako dalang tulong mula sa pribado, cash assistance at saka grocery. At ang pinakaimportante dito, kasama natin ang mga kasamahan ko sa gobyerno noon katulad ng DSWD, DOH, PAGCOR, PCSO, NHA (National Housing Authority), PCUP para tumulong sa inyo. Nandito rin ang DTI para magbigay ng livelihood sa inyo at ang local government para tumulong sa inyong agarang pagbangon,” the former Special Assistant to the President said.

He also provided school supplies and uniforms donated by private individuals for the students affected by fire for them to be able to go back to school as soon as possible.

Go said he will talk to the NHA to provide housing assistance to the victims. Those qualified to avail of housing will have their amortization waived for the first year so they can easily recover from the disaster.

Apart from providing help to fire survivors, Go joined TODA drivers and operators in a boodle fight as a celebration of Father’s Day. He ate home-cooked food with them, traded stories, and expressed solidarity with them in trying to earn a decent living to provide a better future for their families.

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