SENATOR Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go seeks to further strengthen government interventions in creating more livelihood opportunities for struggling Filipinos recovering from various crises.
In coordination with Mayor Jesus Vargas, the senator directed his team to provide additional assistance to 29 microentrepreneurs at the Abulug Municipal Hall in Cagayan on Wednesday, September 13. Each individual received snacks, masks, shirts, and balls for basketball and volleyball from Go’s office. His team likewise gave away shoes to select recipients.
Meanwhile, a contingent from the Department of Trade and Industry provided negosyo kits to qualified beneficiaries via a livelihood program for microentrepreneurs recovering from calamities and other crises. Go was instrumental in initiating the program during the Duterte administration, and continues to support its implementation to help more affected communities.
The lawmaker urged the recipients in Filipino to use the kits to open businesses, eventually expand them and bring the profits to their respective families. He then remarked that it is satisfying to reap the benefits of their hard work.
In a video message, Go also expressed his optimism that the economy will soon recover, considering that the government remains focused on developing more livelihood opportunities, especially for the marginalized sector.
The lawmaker acknowledged that the current times have been hard, as many lost their jobs. Nonetheless he encouraged them not to lose hope, as the government is doing everything it can to help the people recover.
The senator authored and co-sponsored Republic Act (RA) 11960, or the “One Town, One Product Philippines Act.” The newly signed law shall assist and capacitate micro, small and medium enterprises, or MSMEs, in developing new, innovative as well as more complex products and services through significant improvement in the areas of quality, product development, design, packaging, standards compliance, marketability, production capability, brand development, sustainability, and in securing licenses, product registration, plus other market authorization, among others.
The other day, Go’s team extended similar aid to more MSMEs in Sanchez Mira.
Health: Top agenda
AS chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, Go reaffirmed that he remains committed to boosting the country’s health sector via the “Malasakit Centers Act of 2019,” which he principally sponsored and authored. He then advised the public to take advantage of the medical assistance programs offered at the Cagayan Valley Medical Center (CVMC) in Tuguegarao City.
A brainchild of his, the program mandates all Department of Health (DOH)-run hospitals and the Philippine General Hospital in Manila City to establish their Malasakit Centers in helping poor and indigent patients with their medical expenses. To date, there are 159 operational centers that have successfully helped more than 7 million Filipinos nationwide.
In line with this, the senator was also instrumental in pushing for the funding of “Super Health Centers” in the province. These will be strategically placed in Aparri, Lal-lo, Buguey, Peñablanca, Sta. Teresita, Sto. Niño, Tuao, and Sta. Praxedes.
The said centers are designed to make basic health services available including database management, outpatient birthing, isolation, diagnostics that include laboratory, X-ray and ultrasound services, pharmacy and ambulatory surgical unit.
Other available services are eye, ear, nose, and throat service; oncology centers; physical therapy and rehabilitation as well as telemedicine; through which remote diagnosis and treatment of patients are made possible.
The senator expressed his confidence that more Filipinos will be closer to the government’s health services, especially with the recent passage of RA 11959 or the “Regional Specialty Centers Act.” The said law mandates the establishment of Regional Specialty Centers within existing DOH regional hospitals.
He shared that many Filipinos from various parts of the country lack access to proper health facilities that can address their ailments, that is why it is vital to bring medical services from the government to those who need them most.
Supporting Cagayan infra
AS vice chairperson of the Senate committee on Finance, Go reiterated his vision for a more progressive Cagayan, as he supported the construction of a revetment along the Cagayan River; installation of street lights in Lal-lo; construction of various roads in Sta. Teresita, Aparri, Amulung, Baggao, Calayan, Gonzaga, Iguig, Santa Ana, Enrile, Tuao and Tuguegarao City; construction of a river-control structure at the Zinundungan River; installation of streetlights in Camalaniugan; and the CVMC’s upgrading.
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