By Mario Casayuran
Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan has expressed his appreciation to the efforts of Senator Christopher Lawrence ‘’Bong’’ Go who brought government service to Filipinos, especially in their time of need.
Tan issued the statement after Go travelled the other day to Sulu province, one of the southernmost and isolated parts of the country, to deliver assistance to fire victims in Jolo.
‘’Before, no help reaches our province. They say then that our province was neglected. Now that Senator Bong Go came to us, the people felt the services of the government and of that of the senator,’’ Tan said.
For his part, Go thanked Tan and the rest of the people of Sulu for the support they have given to him and to the Duterte Administration.
The 2,227 families comprising of 11,225 individuals lost their homes due to electric overload that razed their houses last February 3. Because of the incident, the families have been temporarily evacuated to the nearby sports complex and tennis court in Jolo.
To the fire victims, don’t worry, the government is here, Allah is with you, the Lord who is ready to help,” Go said.
‘’What is important is that nobody was hurt. It’s our duty to serve every Filipino, and as I have promised, wherever you are in the Philippines, I will come to you as long as I have the time and I am physically able,” the senator added.
Go’s advocacies include ensuring immediate government response to calamities and natural disasters, bringing relief and financial assistance to each family.
‘’I brought with me food, groceries and financial assistance for every family. This is an initial assistance for your immediate needs for now,” Go added.
Go also offered to provide new sets of school uniforms and shoes to each student affected by the incident.
According to Go, the schooling of the students should not be interrupted due to incidents like this. He also strongly encouraged the students to go back immediately to their respective schools so they would not miss any of their classes.
Concerned government agencies also went to Sulu to assist the victims. Representatives of the National Housing Authority (NHA), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) were present to provide additional assistance to the residents.
NHA provided cash assistance initially to 100 families whose houses were fully damaged. The rest will be distributed next week. DSWD’s Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) program was also provided as financial assistance to each family while PCSO distributed grocery packs.
For individuals interested in skills training, TESDA offered a carpentry training program for them.