Former Special Assistant to the President and 2019 senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Tuesday said that while the recent survey results on the senatorial race is encouraging, the concern to post a strong showing in the surveys takes a backseat to his advocacy to serve the people the best way he could.
A survey conducted by the Pulse Asia from February 24 to 28 showed Go getting 53 percent voters’ preference and sharing the third to 5th spot with fellow Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) bet Senator Sonny Angara (52.2 percent).
“Para sa akin hindi na importante ang survey. Ang mahalaga sa akin makapag serbisyo tayo sa tao. Iyon naman po ang basehan sa akin (sa pagkandidato)—kung paano tayo mag-serbisyo sa mga kapatid nating Pilipino,” Go said in a radio interview.
In several instances, Go had taken time off from his campaign schedule to visit fire victims to listen to their concerns and call attention to their plight.
But of course, Go said he is thankful for the groundswell of support for his candidacy which spurs him to work even harder with less than two months to go before the May 13, 2019 elections.
“Unang-una, nagpapasalamat ako sa mga kapatid nating Pilipino sa patuloy nilang pag suporta sa akin at kay Pangulong Duterte. Nakakawala ng pagod at patuloy pa akong magsisipag pa,” Go added.
In running for the Senate, Go has placed top priority in expanding access to quality health care, which includes the Malasakit Center program.
Adopted by the Duterte administration, based on Go’s idea, the Malasakit Center makes it easier and faster for indigent patients to avail of medical and financial assistance from the government by bringing together in one room all concerned government agencies such as the DOH, DSWD, PCSO and Philhealth.
Go said he would like to push for the enactment of a law that would enable the establishment of Malasakit Center in more provinces and key urban centers of the country so more Filipinos can avail of its services and also allow the program to continue even after the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Iyon po ang aking pag-aaralan kung sakaling dumating po ang panahon dahil para sa akin po ay napaka-importante ng health services. Ito ang mga panahon na mahirap magkaroon ng sakit na hindi mo alam kung saan ka hihingi ng tulong kaya gusto ko mapabilis ang proseso,” Go expained.
At present, there are already 33 Malasakit Centers operating in various areas of the country.
As part of health agenda, Go said he would also look into the possibility of increasing the salary of nurses in public health institutions, as well as regular benefits to barangay health workers.
“Patuloy po akong magtatrabaho, magse-serbisyo. At asahan n’yo po na patuloy akong magiging tulay kay Pangulong Duterte dahil iisa ang hangarin po namin ni Pangulong Duterte, ang kabutihan ng bawat Pilipino dahil mahal namin kayo,” Go said.
Other priority areas in Go’s legislative agenda include agriculture, anti-illegal drugs and criminality, education, housing, long-term sports development, fire protection and prevention, anti-illegal drugs, anti-corruption, barangay welfare, creation of a Department of OFW, and improved benefits for senior citizens. PR