Former Special Assistant to the President and 2019 senatorial candidate Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Sunday committed to support the advancement of the cooperatives in the country as well as the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
“Susuportahan ko po ang pagsulong ng Philippine Cooperative Development Plan (PCDP) at MSME Development Plan,” said Go in his message during the 13th General Assembly and 14th Founding Anniversary of Southern Global Services Multi-Purpose Cooperative at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
Among others, the PCDP seeks to implement measures, such as documentation of cooperative best practices; modelling of cooperative good governance and ethical practices; cooperative education program, and promotion of the cooperative movement in general.
On the other hand, the MSME Development Program is a P50-B assistance and development program until 2022 to alleviate the plight of MSME. Among its components include the micro-financing program called ―Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso (P3), construction of more shared service facilities (SSF) across the country, and international trade promotion to open global markets for MSMEs.
“Paigtingin (ko po) ang mga programa tulad ng Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso para magbigay ng loan sa mababang interest at isusulong ko po ang mga dagdag negosyo centers para mas maraming makapaghanap-buhay sa mga miyembro ng kooperatiba,” Go said.
Started in 2014, the Negosyo Centers help stimulate entrepreneurship development in the countrysides.
Likewise, Go assured the officials and members of the cooperative that they can always rely on him to bring to the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte any concerns or request for assistance.
“Anyway nandidiyan naman po si Pangulong Duterte, may three years pa po siya. Kung papano po kami makakatulong po sa inyo— asahan nyo po na ako po ang patuloy ninyong magiging tulay kay Pangulong Duterte,” Go said.
With the consent of the cooperative officials and members, Go also took the opportunity to explain to them his plans for the Senate.
“Ipagpapatuloy ko po ang mga pagbabagong inumpisahan ni Pangulong Duterte,” said Go, referring in particular to the campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.
“Itong kampanya sa corruption, tuloy-tuloy po ito. Kahit yung mga tumulong sa kanya sa kampanya at nagpapapawis, sabi ni Pangulong Duterte, pag pumasok sa corruption maghiwa-hiwalay tayo dahil interest ng bayan ang una bago interest ng sarili at kaibigan—ganyan po si Pangulong Duterte,” he added.
Go likewise said that among his top priorities include efforts to improve the delivery of health services in the country, not only through improved facilities for public health institutions but also with the establishment of Malasakit Center.
A program of the Duterte administration based on Go’s idea, the Malasakit Center makes it easier and faster for poor patients to avail of medical and financial assistance from the government by bringing together in one room all concerned agencies such as the DOH, DSWD, PCSO and Philhealth.
“Gusto ko pong maisabatas ito pagdating ng panahon para tuloy-tuloy ang programa kahit hindi na Pangulo si Pangulong Duterte. Basta po Pilipino qualified dito at may express lane pa para sa disabled at senior citizens,” said Go. He also wants to establish Malasakit Centers in more provinces and key urban centers of the country.
Other priority concerns under Go’s legislative agenda include agriculture, housing for the poor, education, long-term sports development, fire protection and prevention, localized peace talks, barangay welfare, creation of a Department of OFW, and improved benefits for senior citizens.
“Alam nyo, serbisyo lang kami (ni Pangulong Duterte). Ang serbisyo sa tao, serbisyo sa Diyos,” Go said. “Wala kaming ibang hangarin ni Pangulong Duterte kundi kabutihan ng bawat Pilipino dahil mahal namin kayo,” he added.PR