Senator Bong Go sends relief ops team in Libon, Albay

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Senator Bong Go appealed to local partners to strengthen their safety and disaster response during and after calamities as his team organized a relief operation in Libon, Albay last Saturday.

Go’s personnel distributed meals, food packs, vitamins, masks and face shields to a total of 926 Typhoon Rolly victims at Libon Community College. They also gave selected residents computer tablets, new pairs of shoes, and bicycles.

In a video message, Go reiterated his call for the passage of Senate Bill No. 1228, otherwise known as the Mandatory Evacuation Center Act in 2019, which aims to establish an evacuation center in every province, city, and municipality.

He asked the authorities to provide necessary health guidelines to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 in the evacuation centers.

“Ngayong tag-ulan, apektado na naman ang mga mabababang lugar at marami ang biktima ng pagbaha. Para hindi na maulit pa, mag-focus muna tayo sa prevention. Lumikas tayo kung kinakailangan at makipag-coordinate sa inyong lokal na pamahalaan,” he continued.

As part of the government’s efforts for vulnerable communities in crisis situations, a team from the Department of Social Welfare and Development provided financial assistance to the typhoon victims.

The senator then assured that his office is ready to help those with medical concerns and advised them to seek medical care at Bicol Regional Training Center in Legazpi City where there is a Malasakit Center available to assist in their medical expenses.

The center is a one-stop shop that brings together partnered agencies, including DSWD, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. The Malasakit Centers program, which Go legislated in 2019, has assisted more than three million poor and indigent patients nationwide.

The senator’s outreach team previously organized similar distribution activities to more typhoon victims in the towns of Bacacay, Malilipot, Malinao, and Tiwi.