By Julmunir I. Jannaral
COMMONWEALTH AVENUE, Diliman, Quezon City: Commissioner Yusoph J. Mando of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) personally awarded a Plaque of Appreciation to Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go during the 50th birthday celebration of PATROL Party-list Congressman Jose Antonio Bustos, who like Senator Go has also been helping the Muslim communities.
The awarding ceremony was held at Camp Tomas J. Pepito in Angeles City, Pampanga. Commissioner Mando emphasized that the plaque of appreciation for Senator Go was made possible for his dedication and passion for public service particularly to the undeserved and underprivileged Muslim Filipinos.
”In behalf of the Muslim Communities in the Philippines this PLAQUE OF APPRECIATION is hereby presented to Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” T. Go for his selfless services for the Muslim Communities, for his exceptional commitment in providing support and for our sincere gratitude and in recognition of his contribution for the Muslims and the Filipinos in general.” reads the Plaque.
Initial accomplishments of Senator Go, who had recently filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) to run as candidate for vice-president of the Republic of the Philippines on May 9, 2022 national elections were also presented to the audience including his plans and accomplishments as a lawmaker.
That included also the progress of some of his priority legislative measures in the Upper House of the 18th Congress.
One of these is the Republic Act (RA) 11463, the new law that provides for the establishment of Malasakit Centers which are now established in 145 hospitals being run by the Department of Health (DOH) all over the country and in the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila.
Go also shared his other priority bills, including Senate Bill (SB) No. 206 which seeks to amend RA 8972 or the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of 2000 to expand the discounts, benefits, exemptions and privileges that solo parents are entitled under the law.
He also cited the country’s vulnerability to natural disasters as manifested by the eruption of Taal volcano and the series of earthquakes that hit Mindanao. Hence, that made Senator Go proposed SB 205 which seek to reinforce the country’s disaster preparedness, management, and mitigation efforts.
In like manner, Senator Go also said he envisions the proposed executive department under the SB 205 to become “an empowered, highly specialized department with a clear unity of command and primarily responsible in ensuring safe, adaptive and disaster-resilient communities.”
He is also pushing for the passage of SB 1228 or the “Mandatory Evacuation Center Act,” which mandates the establishment of safe, permanent and dedicated evacuation centers.
In congruence with the government’s fight against corruption, illegal drugs and criminality, Go also filed a bill seeking to re-impose capital punishment for certain heinous crimes involving dangerous drugs and plunder.
He likewise assured the audience that he and President Rodrigo Duterte will continue to serve the welfare and interest of the people and the generations of Filipinos to come.
Go also vowed not to waste any opportunity to do good, particularly to those who are really in need of help.
Running for Vice-President, Go said he plans to continue the work of the current administration if he wins in the 2022 polls.
He said he envisions to become a “working vice president,” and not merely a “spare tire” of the elected president. At the same time he vowed to still continue pushing for the priorities of the current administration if he got elected as the next vice president in the coming national elections.
“I intend to pursue and expand these efforts further towards overcoming this pandemic by achieving economic recovery, providing job opportunities, and addressing hunger and poverty,” Go stressed.
For his part, NCMF Commissioner Mando expresses his unequivocal support to all the activities of the good Senator and promised the continuance of these activities and be his guiding principles in the services of Muslim Filipinos. (JIJ)