Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go extended assistance to the victims of two separate fire incidents that took place in Manila City.
He said it is about time for government to address the need for better fire safety measures and proper evacuation centers for victims due to the high frequency of fire-related accidents in the country.
“Panahon na po para magkaroon tayo ng mga maayos na evacuation centers para sa ating mga kababayan na biktima ng mga sakuna. Natutunan ko kay Pangulong Duterte na obligasyon ng gobyerno na alagaan ang mga mamamayan lalo na sa panahon ng kanilang pangangailangan.” This was the statement of Kuya Bong Go after visiting the more than 170 families affected by the fire that gutted their homes in Sta. Mesa Manila last October 31.
In his latest visit to victims of another fire incident in Pandacan last night, Go witnessed how evacuees had to suffer by sleeping in the sidewalks under makeshift tents that serve as their temporary shelter due to the lack of existing emergency facilities in the area.
“Unang-una kailangan natin magkaroon ng safe at malinis na evacuation center. Mayroong pasilidad katulad ng CR, may maayos na higaan at nang makapag-pahinga sila bago sila makabalik sa dati nilang tinitirhan,” he said.
Go said that if elected in the Senate, he will push for reforms to improve existing fire safety measures. This includes formulating better fire prevention awareness programs and establishing quality emergency response facilities in times of natural and man-made calamities.
“Kailangan palakasin ang information awareness para maiwasan ang mga aksidente tulad ng sunog. Dapat rin maging handa ang gobyerno na tumugon sa ganitong sitwasyon para mabilis na makabalik sa normal na pamumuhay ang mga biktima,” he said.
Go added that his appreciation of legislative work is not only about making laws, but also the need to review and improve existing ones to make government more responsive to the needs of the people.
“Aaralin natin ang mga batas na mukhang hindi naiimplementa ng mabuti na nagiging rason rin kung bakit mas nahihirapan makaahon ang mga Pilipino sa hirap lalo na sa panahon ng sakuna tulad ng sunog,” he said.
In his recent visits to fire victims, Go proved once again that being a private citizen would not stop him from serving the public. Aside from the relief assistance he and his friends from the private sector brought for the victims, he will also assist in following up with the government agencies that can provide further assistance to the affected families.
Go also committed to provide uniforms for children and worker victims. To those who wish to go back to their home provinces, he said he will assist in their transportation needs. Go will also help relay their requests to the National Housing Authority (NHA) for those who wish to be relocated to better homes.
Go encouraged the affected individuals who are in need of medical attention especially the senior citizens to avail of services from the nearest Malasakit Center.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop program of President Duterte to hasten the delivery of medical services and give poor patients access to free medicine. A fast lane prioritizing the senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) is also available.
Kuya Bong Go assured the Filipinos that even if he is no longer officially at the side of President Duterte, he will remain as SAP, but not as Special Assistant to the President, instead he will be the Special Assistant to the People — bringing help and assistance to every Filipino who is in need wherever, whenever in the best that he can as a private citizen.
“Kahit saang sulok ng barangay, kahit saang sulok ng Pilipinas, sa kaya lang po ng panahon ko, sa kaya lang po ng mga kaibigan ko na tumulong, papasukin ko po kayo hanggang sa kadulo-duluhan, kahit sa pinakamaliit pa na kalye,” he said.