National Gov’t sends help
to Zambo City fire victims
The Office of the Senator Bong Go represented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Assistant Secretary for Mindanao Affairs, Jade Jamolod with the different government agencies and Zamboanga City local officials delivered essential help and support to around one hundred fifty-four (154) families who were victims of fire incidents recently at Cabato Road, Tetuan, Zamboanga City.
Through the Aids to the Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program under President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s administration which was initiated by Sen. Bong Go, the national and local government visited the temporary shelter situated at Tetuan Central School, Zamboanga City to deliver the primary needs as well as to hear out the needs of the fire victims.
“Dahil sa whole-of-nation approach ni Pangulong Duterte, nandito kame ni Senator Bong Go upang maghatid ng serbisyo kasama ang iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno dahil ang administrasyong ito ay may malasakit sa kapwa niyang Pilipino”, said DSWD for Mindanao Affairs Asec. Jamolod.
[“Because of President Duterte’s whole-of-nation approach, I am here with Senator Bong Go and different government agencies because this administration cares about its fellow Filipinos.”]
The Assistant Secretary reminded the public specifically the fire victims that the national and local government units are always open-handed, for it is part of their sworn duty to give assistance and public service especially if their constituents are in a crisis situation.
“Kami ni Pangulong Duterte, malapit sa puso namin ang Zamboanga. Minsan lang tayo dadaan sa mundong ito, kung ano mang tulong o kabutihan ang pwede natin gawin sa kapwa, gawin na natin ngayon dahil hindi na tayo babalik sa mundong ito,” said Senator Bong Go on his virtual message.
[“Zamboanga is close to our hearts. We only pass once in this world, what help or good we can do to others, we have to do it now because we will not pass in the same path again in this world.”]
Moreover, the Senator also promised to the Zamboanguenos that marginalized families from the rural areas of the city will be the priority of the COVID-19 vaccination program and the COVID-19 vaccines will be rolled-out for free.
“Kayo po ang uunahin namin para makabalik na tayo sa normal nating pamumuhay”, Senator Go added. [“We will prioritize you so that we can return to our normal life.”]
One of the beneficiaries has also expressed gratitude to the help received from the government. “Sobrang saya dahil bumaba ang ayuda sa amin sa pangunguna ni Sen. Bong Go,” said Dalman Sangkalya Jamil. [“We are so happy because the aid went down here under the leadership of Sen. Bong Go”]
Currently, the Local Government Unit of Zamboanga is contemplating wthether to find a relocation site for the fire victims or let them remain in the conflagration site if the lot owner permits.
Other agencies such as National Housing Authority (NHA)-9, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA)-9, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE)-9, and Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-9 committed aids such as 30,000 financial assistance for the start of their house construction, free trainings on carpentry with allowance and NC-II certificate, opportunity to be part of the Emergency Employment Program and to give relief goods and 5,000 as financial help; respectively.
The Philippine Information Agency, on the other hand told the victims that timely, accurate and relevant information is essential as food, and in making informed decision. Other agencies and private sectors also shared their respective services.
Cash assistance, food packs, COVID-19 kits such as face shields, face masks, vitamins, 8 bicycles, 8 tablets and 4 pairs of shoes were give by Sen. Bong Go to the fire victims, who was virtually present at the temporary shelter.
As a parting word, Go said, “naniniwala ako na ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo sa Panginoon.”
[“I believe that human service is service to the Lord”]. (NBE/ JRA/PIA-Zamboanga City)