TACLOBAN CITY– Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, in coordination with Mayor Lando Villasencio, provided additional assistance to 315 displaced workers in Merida, Leyte on Friday (Sept.22).
The workers attended an occupational safety and health orientation earlier conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
The orientation, which was held at the municipal recreational gymnasium, was aimed to educate workers about the importance of workplace safety and health standards.
During the said event, Go’s team handed out shirts, snacks, and balls for basketball and volleyball to the identified displaced workers.
“Nais ko po na iparating sa inyo ang aking buong suporta at pagmamahal sa panahong ito ng inyong pangangailangan. Alam ko po ang hirap na dinaranas ninyo dahil sa pagkawala ng inyong trabaho, at nais kong malaman ninyo na kami ay nandito para sa inyo sa abot ng aking makakaya,” the senator, said in a video message.
“Sa abot ng aking makakaya, patuloy kaming magsusumikap na magbigay ng tulong at oportunidad para sa inyong kinabukasan. Mahalaga na malaman ninyo na kami ay nagtutulungan kasama ang iba’t ibang ahensya ng gobyerno upang hanapan ng mga paraan kung paano kami makakatulong sa inyo,” Go, an adopted son of Leyte, added.
To ensure that those who reside in rural areas lacking job opportunities are taken care of, Go also filed Senate Bill No. 420 which seeks to offer temporary employment to eligible members of low-income rural households who are ready to perform unskilled physical labor for a period of time.
The senator likewise encouraged those with health concerns to seek the assistance of any of the 159 Malasakit Centers nationwide, five of which are established in the province.
Almost all government-run hospitals in the region have their Malasakit Center. Among these are the New Western Leyte Provincial Hospital in Baybay City, Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in Tacloban City, Ormoc District Hospital in Ormoc City, and Leyte Provincial Hospital and Governor Benjamin T. Romualdez General Hospital and Schistosomiasis Center (GBTRGHSC) in Palo.
(LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)