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Bong Go motorcade gets warm welcome

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Residents in Mandaluyong and San Juan cities yesterday welcomed former Special As­sistant to the President and senatorial aspirant Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, show­ing their appreciation for him through chants and posters as his motorcade drove through the streets in a campaign mo­torcade.

Many of the residents bore placards with the name and picture of the former SAP, chanting his name, and for a few times even stopping traffic because of the large crowds.

Go said he is humbled by the reception he received from Mandaluyong and San Juan residents as he also expressed his gratitude for their outpour­ing of support.

“Thank you very much to my brothers and sisters in Mandaluyong and San Juan, for your warm welcome; even on a Sunday, you went out of your houses. It took away the tired­ness even if it was very hot and I already got sunburned. You can count that I will continue to serve my countrymen,” Go said.

Go had built a strong rela­tionship with many residents of Metro Manila, particularly the urban poor, with his advocacy to give assistance to fire victims.

In September last year, Go visited and gave assistance to 374 families in Barangay Addition Hills who were affected by fire that razed their com­munity.

Fire protection and prevention is one of the priorities of Go’s legislative agenda.

Go is pushing for a more intense fire prevention awareness drive, par­ticularly in informal settlements where accidental fire incidents take place more often.

In one of those visits, Go would take time to also talk to the members of the local TODA (Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association).

TODA-National Capital Region president Ace Sevilla said that an ac­cidental meeting with Go led to the holding of the National TODA Summit in January this year.

Many urban poor have also ben­efitted from the services of Malasakit Center, a program of the Duterte admin­istration based on Go’s idea.

The center makes it faster for poor patients to avail of medical and financial assistance from the government by bringing together in one room all concerned government agencies such as the DOH, DSWD, PCSO, and PhilHealth.

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