Go pushes barangay term extension

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Sen. Bong Go asks the needs of a fire victim in Barangay Olympia, Makati City on Wednesday, 10 July 2019. (BG)

Bong Go continues giving aid to barangays affected by fire; seeks to extend terms of incumbent barangay officials

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Wednesday said he has filed a bill seeking to extend the terms of barangay officials to ensure the continuity of their service to their constituents, including helping fire victims.

“Huwag po kayong mag-alala. Isusulong ko po ang pag-extend ng termino ninyo,” Go said during his speech in front of officials of Barangay Olympia, Makati City and 59 families displaced by the 6 July fire that gutted 37 houses.

“Basta huwag n’yo pong pababayaan ang mga biktima ng mga sakuna gaya ng sunog,” Go said.

Go’s bill postpones the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections in May 2020 to October 2022 to give barangay officials ample time to finish their respective programs and projects.

“Mga barangay natin ang pinaka-frontline ng ating gobyerno sa paghahatid ng serbisyo at sa kampanya natin laban sa iligal na droga at kriminalidad. Kaya dapat lang na mabigyan natin sila ng sapat na panahon upang makapagpatupad ng kani-kanilang mga programa at proyekto sa kanilang mga nasasakupan,” he said adding that the postponement of the previous barangay elections has limited the term of current officials to only two years.

Meanwhile, Go extended help and assistance to the fire victims. He also brought with him representatives from the National Housing Authority, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and the Department of Trade and Industry to offer displaced families assistance.

“Inimbita ko rito ang mga kasama ko sa gobyerno para bigyan kayo ng tulong,” Go said. “Alam ko rin po na ang city government ay magbibigay din ng tulong sa inyo.”

Go personally extended his help to each family by giving them financial assistance, grocery packs and school supplies.

“Mayroon po akong personal na tulong mula sa aking mga kaibigan. Financial assistance at pagkain. May dala rin ho ako na bagong school supplies at uniporme para makabalik na sa eskwela ang mga bata na nabiktima ng sunog,” he said.

Go shared his plan to solve homelessness in the country.

“Recently lang, nag-file ako ng National Housing Development, Production and Financing (NHDPF) Act. Long term housing program po ito ng gobyerno para wala na maging squatter sa sarili nating bansa,” Go said in an interview with reporters.

“Alam ko mahirap pero magandang plano ito para magkaroon kayo ng sarili ninyong bahay. ‘Yun po ang aming tututukan, ang mga nangangailangan, mahihirap at mga biktima ng sakuna,” he said.

The NHDPF Act aims to address the housing needs of Filipinos by generating and mobilizing sustainable funds for housing, and encouraging public and private sector participation in the said program.

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