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Waste workers’ health, welfare bill filed

Garbage collectors stand to benefit from a measure that aims to provide medical and financial assistance to waste workers......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarFeb 12th, 2024

Protect 150K Pinoys in Taiwan, Go urges DMW

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go reiterated his call for the Department of Migrant Workers, to closely monitor the development of the growing tensions between Taiwan and China to prepare for necessary contingency measures to protect the welfare of 150,000 Taiwan-based overseas Filipino workers. Go, in an interview during a relief operation for fire victims in Parañaque City on 12 April, underscored the need for the government to prioritize the safety and welfare of OFWs. “As former president Rodrigo Duterte said during the UN General Assembly in 2020, ‘when elephants fight, it is the grass that gets trampled flat.’ Our country is close to Taiwan. In this situation, the Philippines is the grass. We will be caught in the crossfire if these two giants fight,” Go said in Filipino China recently simulated a three-day air and sea drill, dubbed the “Joint Sword” drills, around the Taiwan Strait. According to the Chinese Foreign Ministry, the said military exercises were meant to be a “stern warning to the provocative activities of Taiwan’s independence secessionist forces and their collusion with external forces.” He said he has his full trust that President Bongbong Marcos Jr. will prioritize the interest of fellow Filipinos and the country. “It’s better to be a friend to all and enemy to none. It’s hard for us to empathize. Filipinos just want to live quietly. Importantly, the health and life of every OFW in Taiwan may be affected in case of trouble there,” he added. When asked if the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement will create a new conflict, Go said the government must prioritize what is best for Filipinos. “I’m sure our government and our military will not allow us to be used or we will be trapped,” he added. Meanwhile, Go has expressed his support for the Department of the Interior and Local Government’s plan to investigate Philippine National Police officials reportedly linked to a billion-peso drug haul. “You know, the truth must come out. Truth always,” he said. The fight against illegal drugs, he said, should continue. “We don’t want to waste what former president (Rodrigo) Duterte started against illegal drugs. When illegal drugs are back, crime will come back, government corruption will come back,” Go said in Filipino. The PNP, on 11 April, welcomed the DILG’s decision to probe the arrest of former police officer Rodolfo Mayo who was implicated in the P6.7-billion drug haul in October last year. The DILG expressed doubts that Mayo acted alone, indicating that there may have been other officers involved. “There is no forgiveness for those involved in illegal drugs. You know, it’s a big sin to our countrymen when you are involved in illegal drugs, especially the police who are supposed to implement the law,” he added. Go cited the need to separate the few bad apples from the many honest and dedicated police officers who are working hard to keep the community safe. “We fully support our police and military, they just have to do their job right for our countrymen,” he said. Earlier, Go filed Senate Bill 422 which, if passed into law, will entitle any officer or enlisted personnel of the AFP and Philippine National Police facing charges before the prosecutor’s office, court, or any competent body, arising from an incident related to the performance of official duty, to free legal assistance. He added that in the past, some police officers were wrongfully accused, prompting former president Duterte and himself to offer legal aid. The post Protect 150K Pinoys in Taiwan, Go urges DMW appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 15th, 2023

Bong Go assists Talitay displaced workers

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, in coordination with Mayor Sidik Amiril, provided assistance to residents of the Municipality of Talitay, Maguindanao del Norte on Monday, 23 October. Go’s outreach staff joined a distribution activity at the Talitay-covered court and provided snacks, masks, and vitamins to 268 indigents, particularly displaced workers. They also gave away shirts, balls for basketball and volleyball, a mobile phone, and shoes to select recipients. The beneficiaries also qualified for livelihood support from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) after they have completed DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers (TUPAD) program. "Patuloy po tayong magtulungan upang mas mapabuti pa ang kalagayan ng ating mga disadvantaged at displaced workers. Magkasama tayo sa layuning ito na makabuo ng mas maginhawa at mas matatag na lipunan para sa lahat ng Pilipino," he said. To ensure that those who reside in rural areas lacking job opportunities are taken care of, Go also filed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 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 if enacted into law. Meanwhile, Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, shared his continuing efforts to bring government health services closer to Filipinos. He encouraged the beneficiaries to make use of the Malasakit Centers if they are in need of assistance in settling their hospital bills. “Kung mayroon po kayong karamdaman, halimbawa masakit ang dibdib ninyo, at kailangan n’yo pong magpaospital at kailangan n’yo pong magpaopera sa Davao o sa Maynila sa Philippine Heart Center, magsabi lang po kayo. Tutulungan ho namin kayong magpaopera, pati pamasahe po ninyo tutulungan ho namin kayo,” Go said. Within Maguindanao del Norte, Malasakit Centers are housed in Sanitarium Hospital in Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato Regional and Medical Center in Cotabato City. Residents of Maguindanao del Sur can access the Malasakit Center at Maguindanao Provincial Hospital in Shariff Aguak. “Ang target po ng Malasakit Center ay ma-cover ang inyong billing. Kaya huwag po kayong mahihiyang lumapit sa Malasakit Center dahil para po yan sa inyo, mga kababayan kong Pilipino. At ngayon po, meron na po tayong 159 na Malasakit Centers sa buong Pilipinas na handang tumulong po sa inyo,” he said. As a one-stop shop where poor and indigent patients can access government medical assistance, the Malasakit Center was initiated by Go in 2018 and institutionalized under Republic Act No. 11463 in 2019, a legislation he principally sponsored and authored. The center is home to various agencies including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), ensuring accessibility to medical assistance programs. Go, vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, has also supported several projects in the province, including the construction of public markets in Buldon and Matanog; and the construction of a multipurpose building in Matanog. The post Bong Go assists Talitay displaced workers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 26th, 2023

Repatriation, reintegration efforts must be prioritized for returning OFWs — Bong Go

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go has reiterated the urgency of providing repatriation support and eventually, reintegration plans for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) returning from Israel and Lebanon, in the light of escalating tensions in the region. Go, vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Migrant Workers, said a comprehensive repatriation and reintegration program should be in place to cater to the varying needs of returning OFWs. “Unang una, siguraduhin natin ang kanilang kaligtasan. Tulungan dapat silang makalikas sa ligtas na lugar at maiuwi sa kanilang mga pamilya dito. Pagkatapos ay dapat mayroon tayong handa at maayos na sistema ng suporta na makakapagbigay ng job counseling, skills retraining, at mga serbisyo sa mental health, at iba pa. It's about empowering our OFWs to restart their lives here with dignity and hope,” Go remarked. “Mahirap ang pinagdaanan nila doon. Nawalan na sila ng trabaho, may trauma pa yan dahil sa kaguluhan na naranasan nila. Ibigay dapat sa kanila ang sapat na suporta at pag-aaruga pag-uwi nila sa kanilang inang bayan upang makabangon muli,” he stressed. Once the OFWs return home, Go called on the government to ensure that reintegration programs are made readily available for them to overcome the trauma they experienced and be able to recover. “Our kababayans are coming home under distressing circumstances. It is the government's responsibility to extend all possible support to these modern-day heroes," said Go. “Aside from possible employment opportunities, the government must be ready to provide assistance for their physical and psychological well-being, temporary housing if needed, and the welfare of their families as well,” he added. The Philippine government has approved voluntary repatriation for Filipinos in Lebanon amid brewing tension in the region while the situation in Israel is particularly concerning, with Israel intensifying its bombings in Gaza. With this, Go emphasized the need for both the government and OFWs to take proactive steps to ensure their safety. The senator urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW), and other relevant agencies to closely monitor the situation and provide timely updates to OFWs and their families. “Our OFWs are hailed as modern-day heroes, and it's only fitting that we ensure their safety wherever they are in the world. Once they return to the Philippines, the government must also be prepared to provide them with the necessary support as they reintegrate into society, bringing with them skills and experiences acquired overseas,” he said. Furthermore, the senator emphasized the need for local government units (LGUs) to play an active role in the reintegration process. He encouraged LGUs to work closely with national agencies in identifying the needs of returning OFWs within their respective localities and to develop localized reintegration programs. Go said the reintegration support should be a priority as it greatly impacts not only the returning OFWs but also their families and the local communities they will be rejoining. The senator also conveyed his condolences to the families of OFWs who have lost their lives in the conflict. The remains of Loreta Alacre, an OFW killed by Hamas militants, recently arrived in Manila. Another Filipino caregiver was wounded but managed to escape the Hamas attack. Go has been a staunch supporter of the welfare of OFWs and was one of the authors and co-sponsors of Republic Act No. 11641, which led to the establishment of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW). "The DMW Act was designed to protect our OFWs. Now, more than ever, it's time to put this law into action to protect our kababayans," Go emphasized. Go also filed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2414 or the "OFW Ward Act.” If passed into law, every hospital under the Department of Health (DOH) across the country will have a specialized ward for OFWs and their family members who require hospitalization. Go has also filed SBN 2297, which seeks to institutionalize the OFW Hospital in Pampanga and ensure its continuous operation by providing sufficient support through necessary funding, personnel, and equipment. The bill aims to improve healthcare services for OFWs and their families by strengthening the existing facility and allocating necessary funds for its maintenance and operation. The post Repatriation, reintegration efforts must be prioritized for returning OFWs — Bong Go appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 25th, 2023

Advancing OFWs’ welfare, protecting Filipinos abroad

Overseas Filipino Workers, or OFWs, are indeed modern-day heroes. They help boost our economy, but more importantly, they help uplift the lives of their families to give them a better future and also showcase Filipinos' talents, skills, and work ethic to the world. I was in London, United Kingdom last week for an official trip upon the invitation of the British Group Inter-Parliament Union. Led by Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri and co-head of delegation Senator Grace Poe, we embarked on several meetings aimed at strengthening relations of the Philippine Senate with our counterparts in the UK parliament to exchange best practices in policymaking while enhancing bilateral relations, fostering economic security, exploring areas of cooperation between the two countries, and promoting the welfare of Filipinos working there. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, I also expressed my gratitude to the UK for donating vaccines during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic. Moreover, we thanked them for other development assistance extended by the UK to the Philippines and for their help in strengthening the Bangsamoro Region. As vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Migrant Workers, I also maximized the visit to highlight efforts in promoting the welfare of more than 200,000 OFWs in the UK, particularly the more or less 40,000 Filipino nurses working there. We were able to raise to the UK policymakers the concerns of Filipino nurses regarding their rights to proper benefits, just compensation, and a safe working environment. We should be proud of Filipino medical frontliners in the UK, particularly nurses who are among the world’s finest. Take, for example, May Parsons, a Filipina-British nurse who became known globally for administering the first COVID-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial and receiving the UK's George Cross Award. I have co-sponsored a Senate resolution earlier recognizing and commending her achievement. After our official meetings, I met with a group of OFWs, some of them were fellow Dabawenyos, Filipino Muslims, Ilonggos, and Ilocanos, among others. The stories they shared were proof of how resilient our OFWs are. Despite their sacrifices, homesickness, and worries about their families in their hometowns, they maintain their cheerfulness and positive outlook. I brought some good news to our OFWs by informing them about the establishment of the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) through Republic Act No. 11641, a legislation for which I am proud to be one of the authors and co-sponsors in the Senate. This measure streamlines the organization and functions of all government agencies related to overseas employment and migration to better address the needs and concerns of migrant workers. I have also filed Senate Bill No. (SBN) 2297 to institutionalize the OFW Hospital and ensure its continuous operation in San Fernando City, Pampanga, primarily intended for OFWs and eligible dependents. More importantly, a Malasakit Center is operational there to help reduce their out-of-pocket expenses. The establishment of the DMW, the OFW Hospital, and its own Malasakit Center are just a few of our dreams that are now realities for Filipinos to benefit from. These are testaments of our commitment to promote the welfare of migrant workers and their dependents. However, we acknowledge that there is more work to be done. That is why we continue to listen to their concerns, serve them to the best of our abilities, and pursue initiatives to further their cause. I have also filed SBN 2414, which seeks to establish OFW wards in Department of Health (DOH) hospitals if enacted into law. While our efforts continue to safeguard the welfare of Filipinos abroad, our commitment to serve Filipinos facing challenges in their communities remains unwavering. This week, we had groundbreaking ceremonies for Super Health Centers in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte; Brgy. Labangon in Cebu City; Pitogo, Zamboanga del Sur; and in Tigbauan, Iloilo. Through the collective efforts of DOH, LGUs, and fellow lawmakers, we continue to advocate for establishing more community health facilities to help bring public health services closer to those needing medical attention. We have also assisted 1,000 indigents in Llanera, Nueva Ecija, with the office of Cong. Jose Padiernos; 500 members from various sectors in Barangay Mintal, Davao City; 1,900 in Caloocan City, with the office of Congresswoman Mitch Cajayon-Uy. In Cebu City, we also distributed aid to 1,700 residents of the South District with Congressman Edu Rama; 450 in Nagcarlan, Laguna, with Mayor Elmor Vita and Councilor Rey Comendador; and 333 in Pulupandan, Negros Occidental, in collaboration with the Malasakit@Bayanihan group. We also aided 1,000 United Senior Citizens Association members of Quezon City, with Congresswoman Mila Magsaysay, Senator Robin Padilla, and private sector volunteer organizations. My office also extended additional aid to 93 displaced workers in Lumban, Laguna; 210 in Pilar; 217 in Carmen and Batuan in Bohol. DOLE also gave qualified beneficiaries temporary employment. We also supported 200 scholars during their TESDA Orientation in Daet, Camarines Norte. There are also 43 residents of Davao City and nine in La Paz, Agusan del Sur, who were victims of fires and 32 victims of flooding in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat. They were provided separate assistance and the livelihood kits they received through the DTI program, which we advocated for before and continue to support. We also supported 283 victims of past fires in Cagayan de Oro City by giving separate aid in addition to the emergency housing assistance received from the NHA through a program we pushed for so that they could buy materials like nails, roofing, and other necessities for home repairs. My office also provided immediate help to victims of recent fires, such as 50 families in Baseco, Manila City, and 11 families in Brgy. Alabang, Muntinlupa City. No one is exempt from facing life’s hardships. However, our OFWs have shown us how resilient Filipinos can be. Let us learn from them and, more importantly, do our part in uplifting their lives by advocating for their welfare, promoting their rights, protecting their families, and providing the genuine public service they deserve. 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Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2023

Bong Go provides support to help displaced workers in Bukidnon

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go sent assistance to displaced workers in Cabanglasan, Bukidnon on Friday, 29 September, in coordination with the office of Congressman Jonathan Keith Flores. Held at the municipal gymnasium, Go’s team distributed masks, vitamins, shirts, and snacks to a total of 426 displaced workers. They also gave away shoes, watches, mobile phones, and balls for basketball and volleyball to select recipients. "Patuloy po tayong magtulungan upang mas mapabuti pa ang kalagayan ng ating mga disadvantaged at displaced workers. Magkasama tayo sa layuning ito na makabuo ng mas maginhawa at mas matatag na lipunan para sa lahat ng Pilipino," he said. These beneficiaries also qualified for livelihood support from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). Meanwhile, Go underscored the significance of safeguarding the welfare of disadvantaged workers with particular attention to those dwelling in rural areas who are in need of more economic opportunities. Given this, Go has filed Senate Bill No. 420 which seeks to create a mechanism for offering short-term employment to eligible members of underprivileged households in rural regions. Within the framework of this proposed legislation, a program known as the Rural Employment Assistance Program (REAP) would be established under DOLE. REAP's primary goal is to furnish temporary job opportunities to individuals who qualify as economically disadvantaged, impoverished, displaced, or seasonal workers. Underscoring the need for accessible yet affordable healthcare, Go, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, also championed the services offered in the Malasakit Center located at Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in Maramag. Republic Act No. 11463, or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, principally authored and sponsored by Go, mandates all Department of Health (DOH)-run hospitals, and the Philippine General Hospital in Manila City, to establish their own centers to provide convenient access to medical assistance programs offered by the government. “Ang target po ng Malasakit Center ay ma-cover ang inyong billing. Kaya huwag po kayong mahihiyang lumapit sa Malasakit Center dahil para po yan sa inyo, mga kababayan kong Pilipino. At ngayon po, meron na po tayong 159 na Malasakit Centers sa buong Pilipinas na handang tumulong po sa inyo,” explained Go. Go also mentioned that a Super Health Center is set to be established in the city of Malaybalay, and the towns of Kadingilan, Pangantucan, Sumilao, Kitaotao, Manolo Fortich, Maramag, Quezon, Talakag, San Fernando, and Kalilangan. The Super Health Centers will offer a range of healthcare services, including database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray, ultrasound), pharmacy and ambulatory surgical unit. Other available services are eye, ear, nose, and throat (EENT) service, oncology centers, physical therapy and rehabilitation center and telemedicine, through which remote diagnosis and treatment of patients are made possible. Through the collective efforts of fellow lawmakers, including Senate President Miguel “Migz” Zubiri, a native of Bukidnon, sufficient funds had been allocated for 307 Super Health Centers in 2022 and 322 in 2023. The DOH, as the lead implementing agency, identifies the strategic areas where they will be constructed. Lastly, Go cited the enactment of Republic Act 11959, also known as the Regional Specialty Centers Act which he principally sponsored and is one of the authors in the Senate. The law mandates the establishment of regional specialty centers within existing DOH regional hospitals. It stands as a testament to the commitment of the government to uplift the nation's health infrastructure and bring actual medical services closer to the Filipino people. To help contribute to the city’s progress and improved connectivity, Go, vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, likewise supported the construction of a public market in Barangay Maluko and a multipurpose building in Sankanan.   The post Bong Go provides support to help displaced workers in Bukidnon appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2023

Bong Go extends assistance to Merida displaced workers 

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, in coordination with Mayor Lando Villasencio, provided additional assistance to 315 displaced workers who attended an occupational safety and health orientation conducted by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Merida, Leyte on Friday, 22 September. The orientation, which was held at the municipal recreational gymnasium, was aimed to educate workers about the importance of workplace safety and health standards. The training was not only informative but also a significant step towards ensuring the welfare and security of local workers. 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,” said Go, an adopted son of Leyte, 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,” he continued. 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. The Malasakit Center brings all relevant agencies under one roof, such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, to ensure poor and indigent patients can conveniently access medical assistance programs to cover their hospital-related expenses. A Malasakit Center has been opened at 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. In an effort to enhance healthcare services within the province, Go also sponsored and successfully pushed for the passage of Republic Act No. 11567, increasing the bed capacity of EVRMC. Furthermore, he was instrumental in the enactment of RA 11566, converting the Schistosomiasis Control and Research Hospital into the GBTRGHSC. Meanwhile, he also mentioned that there will be Super Health Centers to be established in Hilongos and Baybay City. Super Health Centers offer basic health services, including database management, out-patient, birthing, isolation, diagnostic (laboratory: x-ray, ultrasound), pharmacy, and ambulatory surgical unit. Other available services in Super Health Centers are eye, ear, nose, and throat (EENT) service; oncology centers; physical therapy and rehabilitation centers; and telemedicine. Go also highlighted RA 11959, also known as the Regional Specialty Centers Act, which he principally sponsored and is one of the authors in the Senate. The Regional Specialty Centers Act plays a pivotal role in the healthcare legislative agenda of the Marcos administration, as detailed in the Philippine Development Plan 2023 to 2028. “Huwag po kayong mawawalan ng pag-asa. Patuloy nating haharapin ang mga pagsubok na ito ng magkakasama. Kasama ninyo ang buong sambayanan na nagmamalasakit sa inyong kalagayan. Magtulungan tayo, at sa tulong ng Diyos, malalampasan natin ito,” he ended. Go, vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance, likewise supported the construction of multipurpose buildings in Alangalang, Babatngon, Carigara, Dagami, Isabel, Jaro, La Paz, Leyte, and Tolosa; construction of the Merida Community Hospital; construction of flood control structures in Alangalang, Javier, Tanauan and Tolosa; and acquisition of dump trucks for the local governments of Isabel and Villaba, among others. The post Bong Go extends assistance to Merida displaced workers  appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 25th, 2023

Go aids displaced workers in Iloilo City

In a unified endeavor to enhance the                             well-being of marginalized citizens in Iloilo City, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, in partnership with the city government led by Mayor Jerry Treñas and in coordination with the Department of Labor and Employment, provided various forms of assistance on Friday, 8 September. The initiative was conducted at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand, positively impacting 382 displaced workers. Go’s team provided each beneficiary with snacks and shirts. In addition, select individuals were gifted with shoes, as well as balls for basketball and volleyball. Simultaneously, DoLE offered employment assistance through its program for qualified disadvantaged and displaced workers. To further promote the welfare of Filipino workers, Go filed last year Senate Bill No. 1705 which proposes to increase the service incentive leave of private sector employees; and SBN 1707 which seeks to provide competitive remuneration and compensation packages to social workers in the country if enacted into law. He also filed SBN 2107, or the “Freelance Workers Protection Act,” which seeks to provide protection and incentives for freelance workers. The measure, if passed, aims to recognize the rights of freelance workers and ensure that they are protected and adequately compensated for their services. Last year, Go also filed SBN 1183, or the proposed “Media and Entertainment Workers’ Welfare Act,” which seeks to provide enhanced protection, security and incentives for media workers through additional health insurance package, overtime and night differential pay, and other benefits if enacted into law. To ensure that those who reside in rural areas and lack job opportunities are taken care of, Go also filed SBN 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 post Go aids displaced workers in Iloilo City appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 11th, 2023

Bong Go files OFW Ward bill to support medical needs of Overseas Filipino Workers

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has introduced on August 17, Senate Bill No. 2414 which aims to further promote the welfare and support the medical needs of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). The OFW Ward bill, if enacted into law, mandates the establishment of an OFW ward in every Department of Health (DOH)-retained hospital across the country. These wards will be exclusively for OFWs and their dependents in need of hospital confinement due to health conditions. DOH will determine the number of beds in the OFW Wards based on the distribution of OFWs in their respective catchment areas. The Act covers all OFWs and their dependents, including land-based OFWs, seafarers, and other sea-based workers. Dependents are defined as parents, legal spouse, legitimate, illegitimate, legitimated, and legally adopted children who are unmarried, not gainfully employed, and not over 18 years old, or those over 18 but incapacitated due to mental or physical defects. The Act provides for the coordination between DOH and the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) and other concerned government departments and agencies, along with Local Government Units (LGUs), to promulgate rules and regulations for its implementation. Go emphasized the importance of the bill, saying, "OFWs are our modern-day heroes, and their well-being is a priority for our country.” “Through the establishment of wards dedicated to OFWs, we guarantee immediate and efficient health care services. This is not just a dream but a commitment to our OFWs,” he added. The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted OFWs, affecting their profession, livelihood, health, and safety. The OFW Ward Act is a response to these challenges, ensuring that OFWs and their dependents have access to healthcare services during these trying times. "In light of the unpleasant circumstances faced by our OFWs and their families, we must take necessary steps to ensure their safety and well-being," Go explained. Go’s commitment to OFWs has previously materialized with the establishment of a dedicated OFW Hospital in San Fernando City, Pampanga. Through his filed Senate Bill No. 2297, he now seeks to institutionalize the hospital and secure its long-term operations to cater to OFWs and their families. The hospital, generously donated by the provincial government of Pampanga, began operations in May 2022. It comprises six stories with a capacity of 100 beds, primarily dedicated to OFWs and their eligible dependents. Earlier, Go cited that the establishment of the Overseas Filipino Workers Hospital in the city demonstrates his and former president Rodrigo Duterte's commitment to improving the country’s healthcare system and promoting the welfare of Filipino migrant workers and their families. “Naisakatuparan po ang pangarap natin na magkaroon ng sariling departamento, ito pong Department of Migrant Workers. Co-sponsor po ako diyan at isa sa mga author… pangarap natin ito noon na naisakatuparan na. Ang pangarap natin magkaroon ng isang OFW hospital, naisakatuparan din. Hindi na po panaginip. Ngayon po, mayroon na rin po tayong Malasakit Center sa inyong OFW Hospital,” he added. Then president Duterte had signed Republic Act No. 11641 on December 2022, creating the DMW. The Senate version of the Act, Senate Bill No. 2234, was authored and co-sponsored by Go. It is a consolidated version of an earlier bill he introduced to establish the Department of Overseas Filipino Workers. Meanwhile, Go initiated the Malasakit Centers program back in 2018. He is the principal author and sponsor of Republic Act No. 11463 or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019. The centers provide a one-stop shop of various government agencies including the Department of Social Welfare and Development, DOH, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. The 158 operational centers across the country aim to minimize hospital costs for impoverished patients and have assisted over seven million Filipinos so far, according to the DOH data.   The post Bong Go files OFW Ward bill to support medical needs of Overseas Filipino Workers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2023

Bong Go hails barangay health workers as community heroes

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go expressed his appreciation and support for the crucial role of barangay health workers (BHWs) in every community and reaffirmed his commitment to promoting their welfare, in a ceremony held on 11 August in Catbalogan City, Samar, In his address, Go acknowledged the vital contributions of BHWs, stating, "Sa panahon ng pandemya, kayo po ang ating mga bayani sa bawat komunidad. Sa inyong sakripisyo at walang kapagurang serbisyo, inalagaan ninyo ang ating mga kababayan. Salamat po sa inyong sakripisyo." The senator further recognized the relentless support BHWs have provided to all sectors of the community, from the elderly to children, especially in remote areas lacking medical professionals. "Nagpupugay ako sa inyong walang sawang pagtulong sa ating mga kababayan — matatanda man o bata — at sa inyong serbisyo sa mga malalayong lugar kung saan kapos sa mga doktor," he added. Emphasizing his dedication to the welfare of the BHWs, Go mentioned that he has filed Senate Bill No. 427, the Barangay Health Workers Compensation Act, to ensure proper compensation and benefits for community health workers. "Ang layunin ng batas na ito ay hindi lamang magbigay ng monthly honorarium na P3,000, kundi pati na rin ang mga allowances, privileges, Christmas bonus, annual training, at iba pa kung maisabatas ito," said the senator. He also mentioned previous efforts to provide Health Emergency Allowance for medical front liners during the pandemic, urging the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to revisit and release those who have not yet received it. "Nauna na nating isinulong na magkaroon kayo ng Health Emergency Allowance noong pandemya at patuloy pa rin ang panawagan ko sa DOH at DBM na balikan at bayaran ang mga hindi pa nakakatanggap nito," he declared. The event celebrated the oath-taking of 2,000 BHWs, a significant step for Samar's healthcare system. Go and his team then proceeded to assist the BHWs as they distributed food packs, vitamins, masks, and snacks. Select recipients also received shirts, a bicycle, a cellphone, a watch, and shoes, as well as balls for basketball and volleyball. The BHW Partylist, represented by Cong. Angelica Natasha Co, initiated a distribution of financial assistance to qualified BHWs through the Department of Social Welfare and Development's Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program. Meanwhile, the provincial government of Samar led by Governor Sharee Ann Tan also provided blood pressure monitors for the BHWs. "Hindi ko po makakalimutan ang inyong ginawa sa panahon ng krisis, at hangad ko na pagtuunan pa ng pansin ang inyong kapakanan. Muli, maraming salamat sa inyong sakripisyo at dedikasyon. Mabuhay po kayong lahat!" he said. Go then reiterated the importance of investing in the health sector, especially in areas where access to healthcare is limited. This is why he likewise encouraged the residents to seek medical assistance from the Malasakit Center located at Samar Provincial Hospital in Catbalogan City, which he visited that day to aid patients and front liners. A brainchild of Go, the Malasakit Centers program was institutionalized under Republic Act No. 11463, which he principally authored and sponsored. The program helps ensure that particularly poor and indigent patients can more conveniently get medical assistance from the government. There are now 158 Malasakit Centers throughout the country, which have already served seven million Filipinos, according to the DOH. Go also sponsored the law mandating the establishment of the Samar Island Medical Center in Calbayog City. Go then acknowledged the efforts of local officials and agencies for their service to the people, including Governor Sharee Ann Tan, Cong. Angelica Natasha Co, and Major General Camilo Ligayo of the 8th Infantry Division, among others. In the past years, Go, who is Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, also extended his support to the rehabilitation of farm-to-market roads in Basey, Marabut, Talalora, and Tarangnan; construction of farm-to-market roads in Pinabacdao; construction of public market in San Jorge, Talalora and Tarangnan; construction of a multipurpose building in Catbalogan City; construction of evacuation centers in Sta. Margarita and Zumarraga; construction of a seawall in Sto. Niño; and acquisition of a dump truck in Jiabong to create more economic opportunities and help improve living conditions in the province. On the same day, Go also led the inauguration and ribbon-cutting of the Tandaya multipurpose hall in the provincial capitol compound which he was instrumental in ensuring funding for during the Duterte administration. He also attended the Tandaya Festival as the guest of honor. Lastly, he also inspected the construction of a building that will serve as a new city hall for Catbalogan which was funded through Go’s efforts. Other projects that Go supported were also inspected that day, particularly the construction of a new Sports Complex and the Lagundi-San Andres Access Road. The post Bong Go hails barangay health workers as community heroes appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2023

Kuya Bong bats for improved BHW compensations

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go has renewed his call to prioritize and elevate the status of Barangay Health Workers during a public hearing conducted by the Health Subcommittee on the Magna Carta of Barangay Health Workers. The lawmaker who also chairs the Senate Committee on Health stressed the critical need to harmonize benefits for barangay personnel to align with the principles of the Local Government Code. The code delegates the provision of essential services, including health and social welfare, to local government units and, by extension, to the barangay level. He also underlined the vital role of BHWs in driving the primary health care approach towards health empowerment as he acknowledged the BHWs’ sacrifices, especially during the pandemic, and underscored their continued service to both the elderly and youth in the community. Go also highlighted the BHWs’ indispensable role in providing health services in remote areas where doctors are either scarce or unavailable and to recognize this, the senator filed Senate Bill 427, also known as the Barangay Health Workers Compensation Act, which if enacted, will offer a monthly honorarium of P3,000 for BHWs. Once passed, the bill would ensure that BHWs will be entitled to allowances, benefits, privileges, security of tenure, Christmas bonus, annual training and skills upgrading, and civil service eligibility. The proposed measure will also entitle BHWs to the Government Service Insurance System, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Pag-IBIG Fund benefits as it reinforces the benefits and privileges under Republic Act 7883, or “The Barangay Health Workers’ Benefits and Incentives Act of 1995,” which includes free legal services and preferential access to loans. Go also pointed out the necessity for continuous improvements in compensation for health workers. “It is an indisputable fact that many have been working long hours, often without adequate protection and compensation. Hence, there is still more to be done to ensure that our health workers are properly compensated and protected,” Go said. He also urged relevant government departments, particularly the Department of Health and the Department of Budget and Management to ensure that the rights and benefits of BHWs are protected and fulfilled, especially after the lifting of the state of public health emergency due to Covid-19. The post Kuya Bong bats for improved BHW compensations appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2023

Bong Go bats for improved compensation, benefits for BHWs

During a public hearing conducted by the Health Subcommittee on the Magna Carta of Barangay Health Workers, and joint with the Committees on Local Government, Ways and Means, and Finance on 7 August, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go reiterated the importance of prioritizing and elevating the status of Barangay Health Workers (BHWs). Go stressed the critical need to harmonize benefits for barangay personnel to align with the principles of the Local Government Code. The code delegates the provision of essential services, including health and social welfare, to local government units and, by extension, to the barangay level. He also underlined the vital role of BHWs in driving the primary healthcare approach towards health empowerment. "Naiintindihan ko po ang inyong trabaho. Sa kakaikot ko sa buong Pilipinas, sa kaka-inaugurate namin ng mga Super Health Centers (SHCs), groundbreaking ng SHCs, nandiyan talaga ‘yung mga BHW. Talagang kayo po ang nagsasakripisyo,” Go said. He went on to acknowledge the BHWs' sacrifices, especially during the pandemic, and underscored their continued service to both the elderly and youth in the community. "Salamat po sa inyong sakripisyo. Maging matanda, o maging bata, kita ninyo, nagtatrabaho pa rin sila. Dapat po'y bigyan sila ng kompensasyon. Makikita ninyo sa lahat, sa buong Pilipinas, na willing po sila magtrabaho. Tulungan po natin sila,” he added. Go also highlighted the BHWs' indispensable role in providing health services in remote areas where doctors are either scarce or unavailable. “Ang ating mga barangay health workers ang nagsisilbing frontliners lalung-lalo na po sa malalayong lugar. Sila po ang nag-aasikaso. Sila po ang tumutulong sa paggamot ng ating mga kababayan, lalung lalo na sa mga komunidad na walang doktor,” he said. To recognize this, Go filed Senate Bill No. 427, also known as the Barangay Health Workers Compensation Act, which if enacted, will offer a monthly honorarium of P3,000 for BHWs. Once passed, the bill would ensure that BHWs will be entitled to allowances, benefits, privileges, security of tenure, Christmas bonus, annual training and skills upgrading, and civil service eligibility.   The post Bong Go bats for improved compensation, benefits for BHWs appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2023

Bong Go cites crucial role of barangays in nation-building

Emphasizing that empowering the barangays is the foundation of a strong and resilient nation, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go highlighted the indispensable role of barangay leaders in shaping communities and driving progress at the grassroots level in his speech during the Liga ng Barangay of Zamboanga City General Membership Assembly and Barangay Congress held at Makati Palace Hotel on Thursday, 27 July. Go first expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the barangay leaders for their tireless efforts toward uplifting their respective communities. He acknowledged their unwavering dedication and service, which often went unnoticed amidst the larger national issues. “Ako po’y nagpapasalamat sa ating barangay officials sa lahat ng inyong serbisyo sa bayan. Hindi po natin mararating kung asan tayo ngayon kung hindi dahil sa inyong sakripisyo,” said Go. “Ang tema ng pagtitipong ito, ‘Leaving a Legacy in the Barangay, Fulfilling Exemplary Leadership by the Way of Conscientious Governance’ ay napapanahon at napakahalaga. Sa panahon ngayon na marami tayong kinakaharap na pagsubok, mahalaga na patuloy tayong magtaglay ng responsableng pamumuno para sa ating mga barangay,” he continued. Go emphasized the significance of local governance and how it directly impacts the lives of ordinary citizens. He reiterated that effective governance starts at the grassroots level, and barangay leaders play a pivotal role in fostering a sense of unity, camaraderie, and cooperation among community members. As the senator delved into the challenges faced by barangay leaders, he expressed his commitment to working on legislation that would bolster their capabilities and support their initiatives. Go highlighted the need for increased funding, better resources, and comprehensive training for barangay officials, equipping them to handle the diverse needs of their communities. As a member of the Senate Committee on Local Government, Go is pushing to further empower barangays as the fundamental governing units in communities. He cited that one of his advocacies is to enhance public service delivery and bring the government closer to the people. Go has filed two proposed legislative measures to support and acknowledge the hard work of barangay officials and health workers. The first one, Senate Bill No. 197 or the Magna Carta for Barangays, aims to grant similar treatment to barangay officials as regular government employees. Under the proposed bill, the Punong Barangay, members of the Sangguniang Barangay, the Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson, the barangay secretary, and the barangay treasurer will be eligible to receive salaries, benefits, allowances (such as hazard pay, representation, and transportation allowance), 13th-month pay, and other perks that regular government employees enjoy. The proposed measure also empowers the Sangguniang Barangay to determine the appropriate number of permanent barangay tanods during their administration, with appointed tanods entitled to honoraria, allowances, and other benefits. Go's motivation behind reintroducing the Magna Carta for Barangays is to improve the general welfare of barangays and their residents, elevate the economic and social status of barangay officials, and provide every barangay with the basic facilities for decent, healthy, and comfortable living. “Alam n’yo mga barangay captains, you are superstar in your own right sa inyong lugar. Ang authority malaki talaga ang inyong papel sa lahat, sa peace and order, sa basic services, delivery of goods, at lahat. Ako matagal na ako, galing ako sa ibaba, diyan ako sa city hall sa Davao noon,” said Go. “Full support po ako sa inyo, kung anong maitutulong ko sa mga pasyente ninyo, tutulong ako. Ang pakiusap ko lang sa inyo huwag n’yo pong pabayaan ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan, ‘yung mga helpless and hopeless nating kababayan na walang malapitan kung hindi tayo pong nasa gobyerno,” he added. Go's advocacy also extends to the indispensable role of barangay health workers (BHWs) who act as the first point of contact for healthcare in their communities. To ensure fair compensation and benefits for these front liners, he introduced SBN 427, also known as the Barangay Health Workers Compensation. The proposed bill recognizes the invaluable contributions of BHWs in delivering primary healthcare services, raising health awareness, and safeguarding the well-being of the community. It aligns with President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s call to prioritize the welfare of BHWs, especially given their significant contributions during the nation's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Go firmly believes that prioritizing such measures will not only acknowledge the crucial role of BHWs but also guarantee fair compensation and adequate protection for them while fulfilling their duties. He lauded the dedication of these health workers, particularly in remote areas, where they play a vital role in providing medical assistance to communities without easy access to doctors. “Mayroon lang akong isi-share sa inyo, sana po ay maalala ninyo ito sa mahabang panahon. Minsan lang tayo dadaan sa mundong ito. Kung ano pong kabutihan o tulong na pwede nating gawin sa ating kapwa, gawin na po natin ngayon dahil hindi na tayo babalik sa mundong ito. Ako po ang inyong Senator Kuya Bong Go, patuloy na magseserbisyo sa inyong lahat. Dahil ako po ay naniniwala na ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo po ‘yan sa Diyos, serbisyo kay Allah. Maraming salamat. Mahal na mahal ko po kayo,” Go concluded. On the same day, Go distributed assistance to disadvantaged students in Biñan City, Laguna, and to fire victims in Cavite City. The post Bong Go cites crucial role of barangays in nation-building appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2023

UNITED AND PRODUCTIVE House of Representatives

  Given its record harvest of legislation, the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez concluded the First Regular Session of the 19th Congress on a high note.   Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez Speaker - 19th Congress, House of Representatives   First Regular Session Legislative Accomplishments   BILLS PASSED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES   LEDAC Priority Bills: SIM Registration Act (RA 11934) Postponement of Barangay and SK Elections to October 2023 (RA 11935) Amending the Fixed Term of the AFP Chief of Staff and other High-Ranking Officials (RA 11939) Agrarian Reform Debts Condonation (RA 11953) Maharlika Investment Fund (RA 11954) Magna Carta of Seafarers E-Governance Act / E-Government Act Negros Island Region Virology Institute of the Philippines Passive Income and Financial Intermediary Taxation Act National Disease Prevention Management Authority or Center for Disease Control and Prevention Medical Reserve Corps Philippine Passport Act Internet Transaction Act / E-Commerce Law Waste-to-Energy Bill Free Legal Assistance for Police and Soldiers Apprenticeship Act Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) Law Magna Carta of Barangay Health Workers Valuation Reform Eastern Visayas Development Authority Leyte Ecological Industrial Zone Government Financial Institutions Unified Initiatives to Distressed Enterprises for Economic Recovery National Citizens Service Training Program Rightsizing the National Government National Land Use Act 30-Year National Infrastructure Program Department of Health Specialty Centers Act/Regional Specialty Hospitals Ease of Paying Taxes Local Government Unit Income Classification Amendment to Universal Health Care Act Bureau of Immigration Modernization Act Philippine Salt Industry Development Act   Social Impact Bills: HB 5001 - No exam fees in private HEIs for underprivileged students who rank in the top 10 in high school HB 00005 - On-site, in-city, near city, and off-city resettlement program based on people's plan HB 0227 - Protection and welfare of caregivers HB 00988 - Increasing service incentive leave HB 00454 - Enhanced protection, security, and benefits for media workers HB 4477 - Greater responsibility and accountability from private employment agencies, amending Batas Kasambahay HB 04479 - Expanding prohibited acts of discrimination against women on account of sex, amending Labor Code HB 06416 - Strengthening mental health services of state universities and colleges HB 06483 - Abolition of "no permit, no exam" practice in college HB 06509 - Free legal assistance to uniformed personnel for the performance of duty HB 06492 - Freedom of Religion Act HB 00206 - Lowering the optional retirement age of government workers from 60 to 56 HB 06574 - Promotion and delivery of mental health services in basic education HB 06572 - Establishment of public schools of the future in technology HB 06680 - Free full insurance coverage to all qualified agrarian reform beneficiaries HB 01270 - Protection and promotion of the welfare of workers in the film, television, and radio entertainment industry HB 06716 - Mandating the establishment of fisherfolk resettlement areas HB 06718 - Protection and incentives for freelance workers HB 07354 - Evacuation centers in every city and municipality HB 04605 - Right of married women to retain their maiden surnames HB 06772 - Presidential power to suspend or adjust PhilHealth premium increases HB 07387 - Expanding the services for crop insurance HB 07535 - P1 million for centenarians HB 07561 - Mandatory insurance coverage and benefits for all line workers HB 07584 - Abolition of "no permit, no exam" in elementary and secondary classes HB 07909 - Extension of estate tax amnesty HB 07718 - Strengthening the law against illegal recruitment     Quote (SFMGR):   “As the House of Representatives amply demonstrated, we remain committed to implementing policies that will further stimulate economic activity, attract investments, and generate employment opportunities for our fellow Filipinos. We will not allow any distraction to derail our efforts at finding appropriate and timely solutions to the problems affecting the lives of our people.”   House Leaders:   Senior Deputy Speaker Aurelio "Dong" D. Puno Deputy Speakers: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Isidro T. Ungab Roberto V. Puno Camille A. Villar Kristine Singson-Meehan Raymond Democrito C. Mendoza Ralph G. Recto Vincent Franco "Duke" D. Frasco Majority Leader Manuel Jose "Mannix" M. Dalipe Minority Leader Marcelino C. Libanan Senior Deputy Majority Leader Ferdinand Alexander "Sandro" A. Marcos The post UNITED AND PRODUCTIVE House of Representatives appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2023

Go seeks OFW hospital institutionalization

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go’s commitment has materialized with the establishment of a dedicated Overseas Filipino Workers Hospital in San Fernando City, Pampanga. This, as the senator filed Senate Bill 2297 which seeks to institutionalize the hospital and secure its long-term operations to cater to OFWs and their families. The lawmaker stressed that the creation of the OFW Hospital is not just the realization of a dream, but the fulfillment of a commitment. “This is more than just a promise kept. It is about the tangible appreciation of the sacrifices made by our country’s OFWs, who are the modern-day heroes of our society,” said Go. “The support for this institution must be sustained even after the end of the previous administration’s term.” Recalling the momentous realization of having a dedicated OFW hospital, Go stressed the integral part it played in securing the welfare of OFWs and their dependents. “The dream of having an OFW hospital is now a reality. We now also have a Malasakit Center within the OFW Hospital. With this proposed bill, we strive to carry on the initiatives that began earlier and aim to strengthen them, especially those beneficial to our OFWs,” Go said. Filed on 12 July, the bill is poised to enhance the medical welfare of OFWs and their families through the already-established OFW Hospital and Diagnostic Center in San Fernando City, Pampanga. “This bill seeks to make the OFW Hospital a permanent fixture in our healthcare system, solely focused on the specific health requirements of OFWs and their families,” Go said. The post Go seeks OFW hospital institutionalization appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 18th, 2023

Bong Go files bill to institutionalize OFW Hospital

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go’s commitment has materialized with the establishment of a dedicated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Hospital in San Fernando City, Pampanga. Having filed Senate Bill No. 2297, he now seeks to institutionalize the hospital and secure its long-term operations to cater to OFWs and their families. Go asserts that the creation of the OFW Hospital is not just the realization of a dream, but the fulfillment of a commitment. "This is more than just a promise kept. It is about the tangible appreciation of the sacrifices made by our country's OFWs, who are the modern-day heroes of our society,” said Go. “The support for this institution must be sustained even after the end of the previous administration's term,” he added. Recalling the momentous realization of having a dedicated OFW hospital, Go noted the integral part it played in securing the welfare of OFWs and their dependents. "The dream of having an OFW hospital is now a reality. We now also have a Malasakit Center within the OFW Hospital. With this proposed bill, we strive to carry on the initiatives that began earlier and aim to strengthen them, especially those beneficial to our OFWs," he added. Filed on July 12, the bill is poised to enhance the medical welfare of OFWs and their families through the already established OFW Hospital and Diagnostic Center in San Fernando City, Pampanga. Go's proposed legislation is committed to addressing the health care needs of those considered as modern-day heroes, assuring them of extensive medical support. "This bill seeks to make the OFW Hospital a permanent fixture in our healthcare system, solely focused on the specific health requirements of OFWs and their families," Go elaborated. As chairperson of the Senate Committee on Health and vice chairperson of the Senate Committee on Migrant Workers, Go emphasized the need for a specialized healthcare facility for OFWs, recognizing their unique challenges and health risks. One of the salient provisions of SBN 2297 is the allocation of necessary funds for the maintenance and operation of the OFW Hospital, reflecting the government's commitment to prioritize the healthcare needs of OFWs and their families. "This provision highlights our government's determination to prioritize the health of our OFWs," Go said.   The post Bong Go files bill to institutionalize OFW Hospital appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 18th, 2023

Bong Go throws support to grassroots sports development programs

Championing grassroots sports development initiatives in various local communities, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go personally witnessed the opening of the inter-barangay basketball league in Cortes, Bohol on Monday, July 17. The basketball league is in partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission and the local government led by Mayor Lynn Iven Lim. Addressing the crowd gathered at the ampitheater, the chair of the Senate Committee on Sports underscored the significance of sports in promoting physical fitness and diverting the youth's attention away from illegal vices, including drug abuse. As an ardent supporter of grassroots sports development, Go recognized the pivotal role that athletics play in nurturing a healthier and more productive citizenry. “Sporting events, such as the basketball league in Cortes, not only provide an avenue for physical exercise but also encourage teamwork, discipline, and camaraderie among participants,” he said. Go emphasized the importance of promoting sports activities as a means to promote a drug-free community. He highlighted the prevalence of illegal drugs in various communities and expressed his commitment to combat this menace by promoting productive activities that inspire individuals, especially the youth, to stay away from harmful substances and become productive members of society. "Kaya ganun na lang po ang galit ni (dating) pangulong Duterte sa iligal na droga. Kapag pumasok po ang droga, papasok po ang kriminalidad, papasok po ang korapsyon. Mabibili po 'yan. 'Yan po ang kinatatakutan natin dito, kapag bumalik po ang iligal na droga, hindi na po magiging safe maglakad ang mga anak natin," said Go. “Kaya isa rin po sa pamamaraan na ine-engganyo ko po ang kabataan to get into sports, stay away from drugs. Ilayo po natin ang mga kabataan sa droga through sports. Get into sports, stay away from drugs,” he added. The event was also attended by Congressman Edgardo Chatto, Vice Governor Dionisio Victor Balite, Tagbiliran City Mayor Jane Yap, Dauis Vice Mayor Miriam Sumaylo, and Cortes Councilor Ira Lim, among others. "Senator, maraming salamat sa iyong panahon, alam ko kung gaano ka ka-busy.... On behalf ng mga mamamayan dito sa Cortes, maraming salamat mula sa aming puso sa lahat ng iyong tulong sa amin dito.... Ang game changer natin na makapagbigay ng maayos na pag-unlad, especially sa ating mga kababayan, andito ang biggest regional hospital at… ang tumulong sa pagpasa ng batas para maisakatuparan ito ay si Senator Bong Go," Mayor Lim said. Mayor Lim likewise thanked Go for the projects he supported in Cortes as Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, including the acquisition of a multipurpose vehicle, the construction of a multipurpose building, and the improvement of the municipal public park and hall grounds. Go also underscored the importance of creating opportunities for young athletes, including scholarships, training programs, incentives and continuing investments in local sports facilities. It can be recalled that in 2021, Go visited Bataan and participated in the presentation and signing of the Deed of Donation for the land where the Philippine Sports Training Center (PSTC) was proposed to be constructed in Bagac. The creation of the PSTC aims to promote sports in the country and achieve excellence in international sports competitions. Meanwhile, Go authored and co-sponsored the measure that became Republic Act No. 11470, establishing the National Academy of Sports (NAS) in 2020. NAS is a government-run educational institution that offers quality secondary education with a special curriculum on sports for gifted young Filipinos who want to enhance their physical and mental capabilities in sports. Go also filed Senate Bill No. 423 or the proposed Philippine National Games (PNG) Act of 2022. The measure aims to institutionalize “a truly comprehensive national grassroots sports program, which will harness the vast potential of the citizenry in discovering and developing champion athletes who could excel in international sports competition, thus giving the country pride and international goodwill and addressing the long-standing problems of Philippine sports in general.” “As chair of the Senate Committee on Sports, I am one with President (Ferdinand) Marcos Jr. in highlighting the importance of sports in nation-building. I reiterate my firm commitment to always look after the welfare of our athletes and to push for long-term and grassroots sports development,” Go previously said. It can also be recalled that Go played a crucial role in pushing for additional funding for sports development in the country. He effectively advocated for a boost in the 2023 budget of the PSC, specifically designating an extra one billion pesos to aid athletes, both at the international level and in grassroots initiatives. On the same day, Go visited several infrastructure projects he supported the funding of as vice chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, including the ongoing construction of Governor Celestino Gallares Multi-specialty Medical Complex in Cortes, and the Cortes Municipal Park and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management building, both in Cortes town. He also led a distribution activity for athletes, coaches, and barangay workers in Cortes town. After Cortes, Go went to Tagbilaran City to inspect the city’s Super Health Center and the Malasakit Center at Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital. Lastly, the senator attended the 73rd Commencement Exercise of Bohol Institute of Technology International College System. 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Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 18th, 2023

SBG bills empowering barangay workers

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go recently stressed that he is advocating for further empowering barangays as the basic governing units in communities in order to improve public service delivery and bring government closer to the people. The lawmaker — who is also a member of the Senate Committee on Local Government — filed two proposed legislative measures that seek to support and recognize hardworking barangay officials and health workers. These are Senate Bill 197 or the Magna Carta for Barangays and SBN 427, also known as the Barangay Health Workers Compensation. “These dedicated officials work tirelessly to ensure the welfare and well-being of their constituents, making them essential pillars of effective governance,” Go said. He added that barangay officials play a vital role in maintaining peace and order, delivering basic services, and promoting social welfare at the grassroots level. “They are the backbone of local governance and serve as frontliners, who directly address the needs of their communities,” said the senator. SBN 197 proposes that barangay officials, including the Punong Barangay, members of the Sangguniang Barangay, the Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson, the barangay secretary, and barangay treasurer, receive similar treatment as regular government employees. If enacted, it will make barangay officials eligible to receive salaries, benefits, allowances — such as hazard pay, representation and transportation allowance — 13th month pay, and other perks that regular government employees receive. Under the proposed measure, the Sangguniang Barangay will also have the power to determine the appropriate number of permanent barangay tanods during their administration. The appointed tanods will also be entitled to honoraria, allowances, and other benefits. “I originally filed the Magna Carta for Barangays last 18th Congress and I refiled it in the 19th Congress since I believe that we need to improve the general welfare of our barangays and their residents, raise the economic and social status of barangay officials, and grant every barangay the basic facilities for decent, healthy and comfortable living,” Go said. The lawmaker’s advocacy also extends to the vital role of barangay health workers who tirelessly serve as the first point of contact for healthcare in their communities. Thus, the senator introduced SBN 427 to provide fair compensation and benefits to these frontliners. The post SBG bills empowering barangay workers appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 18th, 2023

Bong Go advocates for Magna Carta for Barangays, BHW Compensation bills

  Senator Christopher “Bong” Go, as a member of the Senate Committee on Local Government, is advocating for further empowering barangays as the basic governing units in communities in order to improve public service delivery and bring government closer to the people. He has filed two proposed legislative measures that seek to support and recognize hardworking barangay officials and health workers. These are Senate Bill No. 197 or the Magna Carta for Barangays and SBN 427, also known as the Barangay Health Workers Compensation. “These dedicated officials work tirelessly to ensure the welfare and well-being of their constituents, making them essential pillars of effective governance,” Go said. He said barangay officials play a vital role in maintaining peace and order, delivering basic services, and promoting social welfare at the grassroots level. They are the backbone of local governance and serve as frontliners, who directly address the needs of their communities, Go added. SBN 197 proposes that barangay officials, including the Punong Barangay, members of the Sangguniang Barangay, the Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson, the barangay secretary, and barangay treasurer, receive similar treatment as regular government employees. If enacted, it will make barangay officials eligible to receive salaries, benefits, allowances (such as hazard pay, representation and transportation allowance), 13th month pay, and other perks that regular government employees receive. Under the proposed measure, the Sangguniang Barangay will also have the power to determine the appropriate number of permanent barangay tanods during their administration. The appointed tanods will also be entitled to honoraria, allowances, and other benefits. “I originally filed the Magna Carta for Barangays last 18th Congress and I refiled it dito po sa 19th Congress since I believe that we need to improve the general welfare of our barangays and their residents, raise the economic and social status of barangay officials, and grant every barangay the basic facilities for decent, healthy and comfortable living,” Go said. “Naintindihan ko po ang trabaho po ng ating mga barangay officials. Matagal po akong nagtrabaho kay dating pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte (kahit noong mayor pa siya). Yan po ang unang-una – sa umaga pa lang, nakapila na yan, dala-dala ang mga problema ng barangay. At pinakahuling oras hanggang gabi, sila po yung nandyan sa baba, na talagang humihingi ng tulong at nagdadala po ng serbisyo sa kanilang nasasakupan. Lahat ng problema – patay, pasyente, away sa barangay, lahat. Lahat po ng problema sa barangay nila, sila po ang nag-aasikaso,” he added. Go's advocacy also extends to the vital role of barangay health workers (BHWs) who tirelessly serve as the first point of contact for healthcare in their communities. Thus, the senator introduced SBN 427 to provide fair compensation and benefits to these frontliners. The bill recognizes the critical contributions of BHWs in delivering primary healthcare services, raising awareness on health issues, and ensuring the well-being of the community. This action is also in accordance with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.'s call to give importance to the well-being of BHWs, who have significantly contributed to the nation's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Go said that if the proposal becomes a law, it will not only acknowledge the valuable contributions of the BHWs but will also guarantee that they receive fair compensation and adequate protection while performing their duties. “Ang mga barangay health workers natin ay nasa frontline po lalung-lalo na po sa malalayong lugar. Sila po ang nag-aasikaso. Sila po ang tumutulong sa paggagamot ng ating mga kababayan, lalung-lalo na sa mga komunidad na walang doktor,” Go said. “Napapanahon naman po na sila ay bigyan natin ng sapat na halaga, alagaan po natin sila at bigyan natin sila ng sapat na benepisyo,” he added. By highlighting the important roles played by the barangay officials and recognizing their significant contributions, Go aims to improve the welfare and effectiveness of local governance. These proposed legislations hold the potential to uplift the status of barangay officials and health workers, fostering a stronger and more responsive community-driven governance system throughout the nation, Go said. ### The post Bong Go advocates for Magna Carta for Barangays, BHW Compensation bills appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 17th, 2023

Go measures to shield farmers, poor from El Niño

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go has lined up three measures to protect poor communities and families of farmers from the impact of the El Niño phenomenon. The measures primarily aim to ensure that no one will go hungry during the severely hot period expected to last until the end of the year. The senator said the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Social Welfare and Development should jointly implement programs for impoverished communities to have access to sufficient and nutritious food. “It’s important that they have full stomachs,” he said. Another measure is  Senate Bill 188 establishing the Department of Disaster Resilience which will be responsible in minimizing the adverse effects of droughts and other weather-related crises on agriculture and food production. “We already suffered water shortage in Metro Manila before. Now, the hot weather may last until next year and long-term drought in parts of the country is possible. We have to be ready,” the chairman of the Senate committee on health and demography said. Go’s third measure is SBN 140 or the proposed Rural Employment Assistance Act, which seeks to create employment opportunities in rural areas to prepare countryside workers for agricultural challenges like the El Niño. In another concern, Go revealed that he has filed SBN 2112 to modernize the Philippine Coast Guard and strengthen its capabilities in safeguarding the country’s’ maritime resources. SBN 2112 seeks to upgrade PCG’s vessels, aircraft and equipment according to international standards and to significantly improve its response time during maritime incidents and emergencies. “Our coast guard faces several challenges that hamper their effectiveness including outdated equipment, inadequate training, and insufficient funding. Hence, I am proposing this bill to address these issues and modernize our coast guard to better protect our country and our people,” the vice chair of the Senate Committee on National Defense said. The proposed legislation will also help in the enforcement of Philippine maritime laws, minimize pollution, and improve response times for recovering and mitigating spills. The post Go measures to shield farmers, poor from El Niño appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 9th, 2023

Go bares 629 funded SHCs, cautions tapping nursing grads

Congress has set funding for the construction of more than 600 Super Health Centers nationwide in 2022 and this year, according to Senator Christopher “Bong” Go. The chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography also expressed support for tapping nursing graduates to bolster the country’s dwindling number of hospital workers but advised the Department of Health to proceed with caution to avoid compromising the quality of healthcare service. “With the help of lawmakers, 307 Super Health Centers are funded for year 2022 and another 322 for 2023 in the entire Philippines,” Go said in a video message during his team’s relief distribution mission in Obando, Bulacan on Friday, 23 June. In the province, the cities of San Jose del Monte, Meycauayan and Baliuag; and the towns of Balagtas, Bulakan, San Miguel, Guiguinto and Pandi will have such facilities catering to residents of remote communities under the 2022 national budget, he said. The 2023 budget covers the building of SHCs in Baliuag City and in the towns of Angat, Marilao, Paombong, Plaridel, San Ildefonso and San Rafael, Go added. On 21 June, Go visited San Rafael for the groundbreaking of the town’s SHC and led a relief operation for indigents there. On top of traditional services, SHCs will provide diagnostics; pharmacy, ambulatory surgery; eye, ear, nose, and throat; oncology; physical therapy and rehabilitation and telemedicine services. Go also encouraged Bulakeños to go to Malasakit Centers for their health concerns as there is one such counter at the Bulacan Medical Center in Malolos City, Rogaciano M. Mercado Memorial Hospital in Sta. Maria, and Ospital ng Lungsod ng San Jose del Monte in San Jose del Monte City. The Malasakit Centers, a brainchild of Go, helps patient get help from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office in paying for their medical bills. ‘Uphold professional standards’ Meanwhile, Go urged the DoH to thoroughly study the proposed hiring of unlicensed nurse as there are existing laws and regulations meant to uphold professional standards and protect lives. “They (nursing graduates) must pass the standard,” Go reiterated in an ambush interview after personally aiding victims of the Mount Mayon unrest in Tabaco City, Albay on Thursday, 22 June. “We cannot compromise the standard here because we have to prioritize the life and health of every Filipino.” Earlier, DoH Secretary Teodoro Herbosa proposed that nursing graduates who scored 70 to 74 percent in licensure test be employed as supplementary workforce in the healthcare system but assigned with restricted responsibilities. ‘Nursing graduates who did not pass the board exam cannot be granted temporary or special licenses.’ Herbosa mentioned that Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma is open to the proposal and intends to hold discussions with the Professional Regulation Commission regarding the issuance of temporary licenses for such graduates. The PRC has clarified that nursing graduates who did not pass the board exam cannot be granted temporary or special licenses to work in public hospitals in the absence of a law allowing such. He pointed out that Republic Act 9173 solely provides special or temporary permits for licensed foreign nurses. However, PRC Commissioner Jose Cueto Jr.  said that in exceptional circumstances like epidemics or national emergencies, the health secretary may provide limited authorization to medical graduates. Go said he remains open to amending existing laws to strengthen the health workforce while still being compliant with standards. However, the senator emphasized that the goal must be to continue improving medical education in the country to produce enough number of qualified healthcare professionals. Go has filed the Advanced Nursing Education bill that offers leadership roles, specialization and recognition to professional nurses. The measure also integrates community immersion in the nursing curriculum to encourage community service and introduce masteral and doctoral degrees in nursing. The post Go bares 629 funded SHCs, cautions tapping nursing grads appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 25th, 2023