Gov’t needs to balance economy and public health interest, says Go – Manila Bulletin


The government must continue to balance the country’s economy and public health interests to allow more businesses to reopen safely, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said.

Go, chair of the Senate Health and Demographics Committee, emphasized this when he reiterated that efforts by the “bayanihan” (community) must continue to accelerate the country’s economic recovery while supporting the more struggling Filipinos in Quezon City .

On Thursday, September 22nd, Go along with Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and a team led by Senator Francis Tolentino personally led the relief effort for 270 needy residents of the city.

The distribution took place at SB Park in Barangay Batasan Hills, where residents received food packages, vitamins, masks, meals and shirts. Others also received cell phones and shoes.

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Go, who also chairs the Senate Committee on Physical Education, distributed bicycles and balls for basketball and volleyball to select individuals, citing how exercise could encourage Filipinos, especially youth, to stay away from illegal drugs and other vices.

Officials from the Department for Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also extended subsistence support grants.

Go offered those seeking hospital care, urging them to go to one of the 11 Malasakit centers in the city where they could conveniently receive medical help from the government.

The Davao senator has focused on improving access to health services to ensure poor and needy Filipinos get the medical care they need. In this regard, Go primarily authored and sponsored the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, which provides for the establishment of one-stop shops in all Department of Health (DOH) hospitals across the country, as well as the Philippine General Hospital in Manila City.

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So far, 152 operating centers have been opened nationwide, including the Lung Center of the Philippines, Novaliches District Hospital, Philippine Heart Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, East Avenue Medical Center, Veterans Memorial Medical Center, Philippine Orthopedic Center, National Children’s Hospital, Quirino Memorial Medical Center and Philippine National Police General Hospital in the city.

To ensure better access to quality yet affordable health care, the senator also supported the construction of six Super Health Centers in Quezon City.

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Go commended local officials for their service and hard work to support their constituents during these challenging times.

He said he continues to support the construction of multipurpose buildings in several barangays.

Go, vice chair of the Senate Treasury Committee, also supported the construction of an advanced cardiac catheterization laboratory and the vertical expansion of the new ER building at East Avenue Medical Center and the rehabilitation of the road network at the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center and Veterans Memorial Medical Center.

Earlier that day, the two senators provided similar assistance to others in need in Malabon City.

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