SEN. Christopher “Bong” Go graced the 95th National Assembly of the League of Vice Governors of the Philippines (LVGP) at Hilton Manila in Pasay City recently, underscoring a commitment to the welfare of the poor.
“In this room, we may carry different titles…I have high respect for. You are superstars in your areas, elected by people, loved by them; and we share the noble responsibility of public service. It is a duty that transcends individual positions and underscores our collective commitment to the welfare and progress of our nation,” Go told the vice governors.
“In our roles as public servants, we must always be reminded that the essence of our service lies not in the titles we hold, but in the positive impact we make on the lives of the people we represent. We are entrusted with the task of fostering an environment conducive to growth, equality, and prosperity for all,” he continued.
A focal point of Go’s address was the pressing need to push for more pro-poor programs, especially in the wake of the ongoing global pandemic. He articulated the urgency of implementing measures that would efficiently aid Filipinos in their recovery process.
Go also rallied for a united front in the pursuit of initiatives that prioritize the welfare of the marginalized sectors, ensuring that no Filipino is left behind in the journey towards progress.
“I am also here to reaffirm my commitment to pushing for pro-poor programs that address the needs of the most vulnerable sectors of our society. And let us all work together, especially for our poor constituents who have no one to turn to except us in government—the helpless and hopeless among our people,” Go said.
Go, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, highlighted the importance of health in the overall development of the nation. He stressed the significance of supporting programs such as Malasakit Centers, Regional Specialty Centers, and Super Health Centers.
A brainchild of Go, the Malasakit Centers program is designed to help ensure that indigent patients have convenient access to medical assistance programs offered by government agencies. Republic Act No. 11463 or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019 was principally authored and sponsored by Go. Currently, there are 159 operational centers that have assisted more than ten million Filipinos nationwide, according to DOH.
The senator also principally sponsored and was one of the authors of RA 11959, or the Regional Specialty Centers Act. This mandates the creation of Regional Specialty Centers within DOH regional hospitals.
The senator then underscored his support for the establishment of more Super Health Centers throughout the country.