Friday, May 29, 2020


(Tuesday4th day of June 2019)


On June 4, Senator Bong Go together with DSWD Undersecretary Aimee S. Torrefranca-Neri, paid a visit at the Ubaldo Laya Gymnasium which now serves as their evacuation center for the victims of the most recent fire incident in Iligan City that engulfed 103 houses and left 196 families homeless.

Apart from providing help to fire survivors, Senator Go and the local city officials headed by Vice Mayor Vera Cruz joined the children in a “Boodle Fight” for lunch. After the lunch, he listened to the people’s concerns and in a way, eased the pain of the families affected by the fire. A press conference was then made and he expressed his willingness to help as he assisted in coordinating with various agencies such as NHA, DSWD, PCSO, and even private entities who shares the same advocacy to extend help.

One of the Senator’s top priorities is to foster fire safety awareness and fire prevention. Go aims to review fire safety and prevention measures through more intense fire prevention awareness drive, particularly in informal settlements where fire incidents take place more often.

Among others, Senator Go is pushing for a law that would enable the installation of Malasakit Center here in Iligan since it has already been established in Cagayan de Oro City, in other provinces and strategic urban centers in the country and allow as well for the continuation of the program even after the term of President Duterte. According to the Senator, the Malasakit Center is a continuing program of the administration seeking to make it easier and faster for indigent patients to avail of medical and financial assistance from the government by bringing together in one room DSWD, PCSO, DOH, and Philhealth, and all other concerned agencies to lessen the burden of the indigent patients.

He assured the Filipino people and further said, “Dili ako maglimite sa akong kaugalingon sa may kalabutan nga buhat sa lehislatibo, apan hinoon, akong ipadayon ang akong adbokasiya sa pagpanerbisyo sa mga tawo ilabi sa mga nanginahanglan ug tabang. “ (I will not limit myself to legislative related work; rather, I will continue my advocacy through serving the people especially those who are in need.)

Dili ko kaagwanta nga maglingkod lang didto ug magpabugnaw sa opisina, unya ang uban kay ga init-init. Usa kini ka katungdanan sa publiko ug akong gipahinungod ang akong kaugalingon sa pagserbisyo sa publiko.” (I cannot dare to just sit and enjoy the air-conditioned room in my office while others are suffering from heat. This is a public office and I dedicate myself to public service.) Senator Go emphasized.

Senator Go has been visiting and helping fire victims during several fire incidents even before the campaign period, and vowed to continue to help fire victims in any place in the country.