Bong Go files priority measures for the 19th Congress aimed at achieving a comfortable life for all Filipinos through efficient and responsive public services
As part of his legislative agenda of continuing the Duterte Legacy of providing a comfortable life for all and supporting President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.’s call to strengthen the country’s adaptability and resilience, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go filed his first ten bills for the 19th Congress at the Philippine Senate on Monday, July 4. READ MORE
As Christmas fills the air, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go called on Filipinos to strengthen the bayanihan spirit and continue cooperating with the government while expressing compassion for their compatriots.In his Christmas message, Go assured the public that the country will soon recover from the challenges posed by the recent calamity and the pandemic through President Rodrigo Duterte’s leadership and the Filipino people’s continued cooperation.
“Mahal kong mga kababayan, napakarami nating pinagdaanan ngayong taon (We have gone through so many challenges this year),” Go said. “Subalit, dahil sa ating patuloy na pagmamalasakit at pagbabayanihan, at sa maayos na pamumuno ni Pangulong Duterte, dahan-dahan na nating nakikita ang liwanag ng pag-asa upang tuluyang malampasan ang kasalukuyang pandemya (But through our continued concern and compassion, and the good leadership of President Duterte, we are slowly seeing the ray of hope to finally overcome the current pandemic).”Read More
Bong Go checks progress of conjoined twins Divine and Mercy
Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go checked on the condition of the conjoined twins that he helped undergo separation surgery early this year when their parents brought them to the Senator’s office on Monday, September 9.
The Senator, who also acted as a sponsor to the twins in their baptism, said he is happy to see that Divine and Mercy are in good health.
The one-year-old twins were born in Barangay Sabang, Vinzons, Camarines Norte, and were connected through their chest.
Their parents, Rubelyn Guinto and Edmund Cerilo, first brought them to Go in Manila on January 20. Go referred the twins to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) where they were admitted the day after.
Go said in an interview then that the condition of Divine and Mercy touched his heart.
“Nakakaawa naman talaga ‘yung mga bata kaya sinabi ko doon sa mga magulang na tutulong ako sa kanila para doon sa operasyon. May mga supporters tayo na naniniwala sa adbokasiya natin at willing tumulong.”
He asked donors from the private sector to shoulder the expenses for the operation. He also assisted the parents in renting a room in Sta. Cruz, Manila where they stayed while waiting for their babies to be admitted to the hospital.
On January 31, surgeons at PGH announced that the surgery had been successful.
Go met with the twins again in Manila on March 13 and agreed to be a godfather in their baptism on March 16 in Daet, Camarines Norte.
The Senator has been active in helping children with serious illnesses by serving as a bridge to government agencies and by raising funds with the help of the private sector. He has also been assisting children afflicted with biliary atresia to undergo liver transplant in India.
Last year, Go spent Christmas and his birthday at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) in Diliman, Quezon City, in the company of cancer patients who received gifts and toys from him.
In the Senate, where he is the chair of the Committee on Health, Go has filed several health-related bills. One of which is the Senate Bill No. 199 which seeks to institutionalize nationwide the Malasakit Center, a one-stop shop for financial assistance from various government agencies.
During his last State of the Nation Address, President Rodrigo Duterte credited Go for the idea of the Malasakit Center, which now number more than 40 in different parts of the country.###
SEN. BONG GO files bill extending the terms of incumbent barangay officials
For continuity and efficiency of barangay programs
Expressing his empathy for barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials who wish to execute their programs fully in their respective constituencies, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go filed a bill seeking to extend the terms of office of the local officials to give them “ample time and continuity to pursue and implement the programs they have set in their respective jurisdictions.”
As committed during the Senatorial campaign, Go has filed a bill calling for the postponement of the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections slated this May 2020 to October of 2022 to give barangay officials ample time to finish their respective programs and projects.
“Mga barangays natin ang pinaka-frontline ng ating gobyerno sa paghahatid ng serbisyo at sa kampanya natin laban sa iligal na droga at kriminalidad. Kaya dapat lang na mabigyan natin sila ng sapat na panahon upang makapagpatupad ng kani-kanilang mga programa at proyekto sa kanilang mga nasasakupan,” he said adding that the postponement of the previous brgy elections has limited the term of current officials to only two years.
In an interview after filling the bill, Go said that as the assistant of the President Rodrigo Duterte for several years, he is familiar with the kind of work that barangay officials render to their communities and they must be given enough time to implement them.
“Galing din ako sa local government. Sila [barangay officials] talaga ang nagdadala ng basic services at nagpapanatili ng peace and order sa kanilang mga barangay. Napakahalaga nila sa kanilang constituents,” Go said.
The term of incumbent barangay officials was reduced to two years after the Republic Act 10952, approved on October 2, 2017, deferred the 2017 barangay and SK elections and moved it to the second Monday of May 2018.
The law further stipulated for the next polls to be held on May 2020, reducing the terms of candidates who won the May 2018 elections only two terms, instead of the three years mandated by the previous law.
“Hindi naman po kasalanan ng mga barangay officials ang postponement ng nakaraang eleksyon. Anong magagawa nila sa dalawang taon? Papaano nila maipapatupad ng buo ang mga gusto nilang programa? Ito po ang dahilan kaya gusto ko itong i-extend,” Go explained.
If passed into law, the bill will move the next barangay and SK elections to the second Monday of October 2022 and every three years thereafter.
As part of his legislative agenda aimed at helping the Duterte administration achieve positive genuine change felt by all Filipinos, Go personally filed his first 10 Legislative measures last week at the Philippine Senate.
“Inuna ko po ang kapakanan ng mga Pilipinong pinaka-nangangailangan ng atensyon mula sa gobyerno. Para ito sa mga may sakit, mga ordinaryong manggagawa, mga biktima ng kalamidad, at mga kabataan na pagasa ng ating bayan. Ito ang serbisyong ipinangako ko sa inyo, serbisyo at pagmamalasakit na ramdam kahit saang dako ng bansa,” he said.