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Press Release - Bong Go advocates for efficient government spending with emphasis on aiding the poor; reminds agencies to ensure aid distribution is free from politics

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, in an interview on Saturday, November 11, after his visit to government military troops stationed in the Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte, underscored the importance of efficient government spending, especially in light of the ongoing Senate plenary budget deliberations. He also emphasized that prioritizing the needs of the less fortunate and ensuring their welfare must remain a top consideration.

"So far, we are on the right track, 'yung schedule ay nasusunod naman po. I am actively participating sa deliberation... at tuluy-tuloy po akong sasali sa deliberation as vice chair ng Committee on Finance," he said.

Go further highlighted the significance of the budget in addressing the needs of the Filipino people. He also commended Senator Sonny Angara who chairs the Finance Committee and his fellow senators for a very efficient conduct of the budget deliberations so far where various priorities and interests are tackled orderly to ensure a fair and transparent budgeting process.

"Ang importante dito ay matugunan natin ang pangangailangan po ng ating mga kababayan. At isa lang po ang aking apela sa aking mga kasamahan sa Senado, sa Kongreso, tingnan po nang mabuti at walang masayang na pera po ng gobyerno," he stressed.

Recognizing the hardship faced by many Filipinos, Go urged the prioritization of initiatives that would assist the impoverished, ease the burden of inflation on ordinary Filipinos, and create more jobs and livelihood opportunities especially in communities in crisis.

"Naghihirap po ang Pilipino, marami pa po ang nahirapan, walang trabaho. Baka po pwede unahin natin ang makakatulong po sa mahihirap, sa pagkontrol ng epekto ng inflation, at sa pag-create po ng more jobs at kabuhayan," said Go.

Meanwhile, Go also appealed to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and other frontline agencies, advocating for a fair approach to distributing aid. He emphasized the importance of ensuring that the distribution of government assistance is done in a manner that is free from political interests so that beneficiaries who are deemed qualified for programs intended for the poor ultimately receive the