MANILA, Philippines- Senate committee on sports chair, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go reiterated his promise to continue the fight started by former President Rodrigo Duterte against illegal drugs while encouraging Filipinos, especially the youth, to participate more in sports activities and stay away from vices.
Go made the statement after conducting a two-day activity or distribution of aid to the poor living in Aglipay, Cabarroguis, Diffun, Maddela, Nagtipunan, and Saguday in the province of Quirino at the municipal gymnasium of Aglipay and Saguday.
In his video message, Go reminded the 1,635 residents, especially the youth, to take care of their health and stay active by participating in sports.
To encourage members in their respective communities to participate in sports, Senator Go distributed basketball and volleyball balls as well as bicycles to select individuals.
“As the chair of the Senate committee on sports, I encourage you to just play basketball or volleyball or any other sports. Do sports, stay away from drugs,” said Go.
“Let’s not waste what former President Duterte started to eradicate illegal drugs in the country. Because we know how bad drugs are for our health and how bad their effects are on our society. That’s why you also help me encourage everyone to just get into sports,” added the senator.
As Filipino athletes continue to dominate in international sports competitions, Go also emphasized the need for the government to further intensify the country’s sports program.
In this regard, the lawmaker filed Senate Bill No. 423, or better known as the Philippine National Games (PNG) Act of 2022, which will provide a structure for a more comprehensive national sports program that links grassroots sports promotion to national sports development.
PNG is expected to be a national multi-sport tournament aimed at widening base talent identification and will effectively build a national pool that will be trained for international sports competition.
“Let’s help our Filipino athletes so that they can continue to show their talent in the field of sports. I am also confident that if we further strengthen the sports sector in the country, it will encourage our young people to stay away from illegal drugs and criminality by getting into sports,” said Go.
In addition, Go’s team also distributed snacks and masks to each recipient. They also distributed cellular phones and shoes to selected individuals.
Also, the Department of Social Welfare and Development provided financial assistance to qualified beneficiaries through its Sustainable Livelihood Program.
Meanwhile, the senator offered more help to those with health problems as he advised them to visit the Quirino Provincial Medical Center in Cabarroguis where there is a Malasakit Center available to help them with their medical concerns.
Go mainly authored and promoted, Republic Act No. 11463, otherwise known as the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, which mandates all hospitals managed and supervised by the Department of Health and the Philippine General Hospital to establish their own Malasakit Centers to help, especially poor patients nationwide including their medical expenses. Currently, there are 152 Malasakit Centers nationwide. RNA
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