Bong Go in Santa Teresita Batangas
Microentrepreneurs in Santa Teresita Batangas, benefit from Bong Go’s initiatives to make government services more accessible to people in need.
Senator Christopher “Bong” Go assuaged Filipinos’ concerns by assuring them that the state is working tirelessly to improve access to economic resources despite the current public health emergency.
Go advised displaced employees to make use of the government’s numerous livelihood support programs so they can establish or develop their small enterprises despite the current crisis in a video message delivered at an event in Santa Teresita, Batangas, on Wednesday September 8.
“Mga kababayan, ginagawa po ng gobyerno ang lahat upang mabalanse ang ekonomiya at ang kalusugan ninyo. Kaunting tiis lang po. Malalampasan din natin ang pandemyang ito basta magtiwala lang tayo sa gobyerno,” Go stated.
“Ngayon, tuturuan at bibigyan namin kayo ng puhunan para magnegosyo. Palaguin niyo ito at masarap sa pakiramdam kapag pinaghirapan at pinagpawisan niyo ang inyong kita. Gamitin niyo ang pera sa tama at dalhin niyo ang kikitain ninyo sa inyong mga pamilya,” he encouraged.
At the Santa Teresita covered court, the Senator’s crew provided meals, vitamins, masks, and face shields to a total of 200 micro-entrepreneurs. The activity was carried out in batches and adhered entirely to the necessary safety and health protocols for COVID-19.
Particular beneficiaries received new shoes, while others received bicycles for everyday commuting. Some parents receive computer tablets to aid their children’s schooling.
Meanwhile, officials from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) gave livelihood support to each beneficiary under the department’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.
“Nung wala pang pandemya, okay pa ang kita namin. Natutustusan ko pa ang mga pangangailan ng aking pamilya. Subalit nung nagka-pandemya, tumumal ang biyahe at nawala ang mga pasahero. Minsan wala akong kita sa isang araw,” recalled George Cabral, 47, a tricycle driver.
“Sa ating mahal na presidente at Kuya Bong Go, maraming salamat sa tulong na inihatid niyo. Sa isang gaya ko na may disability at tricycle driver ay malaking tulong na ito. Umasa kayo na pagyayamanin ko ang ibinigay ninyo,” he promised.
Go also promised to help individuals in need of medical care as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health. He reminded residents that they could conveniently avail medical assistance from the government through the Malasakit Center located at the Batangas Medical Center in Batangas City or the Batangas Provincial Hospital in Lemery.
“Nasa loob ng ospital ang mga ahensiya, gaya ng DSWD, PhilHealth, (Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office) at Department of Health, na tutulong sa inyo para sa inyong pagpapa-ospital. Para ‘yan sa mga poor and indigent patients,” explained Go.
The program was institutionalized under the Malasakit Centers Act, which Senator Bong Go authored and sponsored, and President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law in December 2019.
To end, Go expressed his gratitude to the government officials for their efforts to assist those impacted by the pandemic. He thanked 3rd District Representative Ma. Theresa Collantes, Governor Hermilando Mandanas, Vice Governor Jose Antonio Leviste II, Mayor Norberto Segunial Jr., Vice Mayor Aurea Segunial, the Municipal Council, and DSWD 4A Field Officer Marivi Elna.
In a demonstration of his continuing commitment to the people of Batangas, the Senator’s team also conducted a similar activity for the senior citizens, persons with disabilities, indigent groups, and Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association members in Alitagtag from August 18 to 19.
As Vice-Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, the Senator backed several projects in the province aimed at enhancing the province’s development and quality of life.
These include the concreting of local roads in Santa Teresita; the construction of multi-purpose facilities and road rehabilitation in Agoncillo, Batangas City, Bauan, Balayan, Calaca, Ibaan, Lipa City, Mabini, Mataas na Kahoy, Nasugbu, San Luis, San Juan, San Nicolas, Santo Tomas, Tuy, and Taal.
In Balete, the construction of a potable water system. The improvement public market in Cuenca. The rehabilitation of the Lobo River flood mitigation infrastructure in Batangas City, Lobo, and San Juan, and the renovation of San Nicolas’s public parks and plazas.
Go was designated an adopted son of the CALABARZON region in a manifesto released by Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, and Quezon governors in 2019. They cited his years of service to President Duterte and his “heart for his country,” as seen by the countless initiatives he created that benefited millions of Filipinos.
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