Sen. Go tells DSWD not to be selective in extending aid

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go tells the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during the International Childhood Cancer Day and WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer 5th Philippine Anniversary at SM Lanang Premier's SMX Convention Center on Thursday not to be selective in extending aid and to prioritize assistance for the evacuees in Davao Region. LEAN DAVAL JR
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go tells the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) during the International Childhood Cancer Day and WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer 5th Philippine Anniversary at SM Lanang Premier's SMX Convention Center on Thursday not to be selective in extending aid and to prioritize assistance for the evacuees in Davao Region. LEAN DAVAL JR

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go called on the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) not to be selective in extending aid and to prioritize assistance for the evacuees at the evacuation centers in the Davao Region.

“I am appealing to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) yan po ang trabaho niyo. DSWD tingnan niyo po ang mga evacuees sa mga evacuation centers. Trabaho ng DSWD ay tulungan, bigyan ng ayuda, bigyan ng pagkain yung mga mahihirap nating kababayan, hindi ang trabaho ng DSWD ay maging selective. Unahin ang mga mahihirap, hindi lang yung pinipili ng pulitiko ang tulungan ninyo. Tulungan ninyo ang mahihirap nating kababayan, lalong lalo na yung mga evacuees na nangangailangan ng tulong,” Go said in an interview on the sidelines of the the International Childhood Cancer Day and WHO Global Initiative for Childhood Cancer 5th Philippine Anniversary at SM Lanang Premier’s SMX Convention Center on Thursday.

Several families in the Davao Region are still in the evacuation centers after being evacuated as rivers overflowed and flooded communities due to non-stop rainfall from the low-pressure area (LPA) since January this year.

In Davao de Oro, families were evacuated following a massive landslide in Zone 1 Brgy. Masara in Maco earlier this month.

Go, chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, also called on the Department of Health (DOH) to check the situation and health of the evacuees especially the children at the evacuation sites.

“Nanawagan ako sa Department of Health 9DOH) tingan nyo po ang kalagayan ng mga evacuees, ang sanitation, may gamot ba sa mga nagkakasakit, huwag na pong antayin na lumala yung sakit, tingnan ninyong mabuti baka may mga bata na hindi maayos ang kalagayan, hindi malinis ang higaan, at kung meron silang sapat na pagkain,” Go said.

Go continuously helps disaster victims not only in Davao Region but in the entire country. His Malasakit Team assist the Masara landslide-affected families, particularly those in Maco, Davao de Oro on February 10 and 12.

His Malasakit Team also visited the homes of 18 individuals and gave them financial assistance and grocery packs.

Through his Malasakit Team and in collaboration with local government officials, Go has provided ongoing support to the victims.

Due to the recent disasters that claimed hundreds of lives and affected thousands, Go reiterated the need for the establishment of the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR).

He is advocating the said legislative measures to bolster the nation’s disaster preparedness and resilience.

Senate Bill No. 188, which proposes the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience (DDR) is part of Go’s vision to establish a more systematic and responsive disaster management framework, ensuring that the country is better equipped to handle natural calamities and mitigate their impacts on vulnerable communities.

“Ang Pilipinas ay nasa ring of fire and due to climate change pabalik balik ang bagyo, minsan biglaan ang pagbaha dahil sa climate change. Dito sa Davao Region, bihira tayong tamaan ng bagyo, but due to climate change, pagbuhos ng ulan, pagbaha galing sa bukid yung tubig, minsan naging dahilan ng landslide. Kung meron tayong isang departamento na nakatutok bago dumating ang bagyo, meron na yang coordination with the LGUs, a cabinet secretary level siya na ang mag-coordinate bago pa dumating yung bagyo, prepositioning of goods siya na ang makipag coordinate with the DSWD,” Go said.

The proposed DDR aims to centralize disaster response and resilience efforts, fostering a more coordinated and efficient approach to managing natural disasters. By institutionalizing resilience measures, the DDR seeks to safeguard Filipino lives and properties, reducing the socioeconomic impacts of disasters on the nation.

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