Senator Christopher “Bong” Go provided assistance to displaced workers in Palo, Leyte on Tuesday, 24 May.,In his video message, Go, who heads the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, underscored the importance of vaccines to speed up the country’s economic recovery. He then appealed to those eligible yet unvaccinated members of the community to not waste the opportunity to get inoculated and protected from COVID-19.,Go also reaffirmed that the government continues to exert great efforts to ensure that vaccines are delivered to more far-flung areas so that the country can attain population protection leading to herd immunity.,“Nakikiusap po ako, kung kayo po ay nasa priority list na, magpabakuna na po kayo. Magtiwala po kayo sa bakuna dahil ito po ang tanging susi o solusyon sa ngayon para makabalik na tayo sa ating normal na pamumuhay. Importante po na protektado kayo,” Go stressed.,“Nakikita naman po natin sa datos na kapag po kayo ay bakunado, mas maiiwasan niyo po na matamaan ng COVID-19. Kapag kayo naman po ay bakunado na, manatiling sumunod pa rin po sa health protocols para mas mapabilis ang ating economic recovery,” he added.,Held at the Guinapundan Evacuation Center, Go’s outreach team distributed masks to 78 displaced workers and gave select individuals a pair of shoes, a phablet, and a bicycle.,Representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development extended livelihood grants through its Sustainable Livelihood Program.,The Department of Trade and Industry and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, meanwhile, assessed potential recipients of their respective livelihood and scholarship grants.,Go, who is a known advocate for quality healthcare services, then urged the beneficiaries to visit any of the Malasakit Centers in the town located at Leyte Provincial Hospital and Governor Benjamin T. Romualdez General Hospital and Schistosomiasis Center (GBTRGHSC).,Principally authored and sponsored by Go, Republic Act No. 11463, otherwise known as the Malasakit Centers Act, mandates the establishment of Malasakit Centers in all hospitals run by the Department of Health, plus the Philippine General Hospital.,Hospitals run by local government units and other public hospitals may also establish their own Malasakit Centers provided that they meet a standard set of criteria and guarantee the sustainability of the centers’ operations. To date, there are 151 Malasakit Centers nationwide that have assisted over three million Filipinos.,Other Malasakit Centers in the province are located at the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in Tacloban City, New Western Leyte Provincial Hospital in Baybay City, and Ormoc District Hospital in Ormoc City.,To further improve the services delivered in EVRMC, Go sponsored and successfully pushed for the passage of a bill to increase the bed capacity of the hospital. He likewise successfully pushed to convert the Schistosomiasis Control and Research Hospital into the GBTRGHSC.,“Kaunting tiis lang po, magtulungan lang tayo. Malalampasan din natin ito bilang nagkakaisang mamamayang Pilipino. Ingat po kayo,” said Go.,“Maraming salamat po sa kooperasyon at disiplina ng bawat Pilipino. Iyan lang po ang pakiusap namin ni Pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte. Tulungan n’yo po kami, magtulungan lang po tayo,” he ended.,To help improve the public service delivery in the town, Go has also supported the installation of LED solar road studs along Daang Maharlika Road, road rehabilitation and drainage line construction along Maharlika Highway, and the road rehabilitations in several barangays.,Go’s team also assisted more than a hundred displaced workers in Burauen and Pastrana on 20 May.,
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