Senator Christopher “Bong” Go renewed his call to the government for greater support to micro-entrepreneurs as he underscored the important role small businesses play in the economic recovery of the country.,Go’s team provided assistance to indigent residents in Palompon and Merida, Leyte on Monday, 13 June.,In his video message, Go thanked the Department of Social Welfare and Development for extending livelihood grants to the residents so they may start their own small businesses.,Go reiterated that micro-entrepreneurs significantly help in keeping the country’s economy afloat. He then appealed to concerned agencies to provide more programs and other government interventions to boost local and informal industries so they can continue to serve their respective communities.,“Malaking bahagi ng ekonomiya ang mga micro-enterprises. Habang tayo ay nasa pandemya pa, trabaho natin sa gobyerno ang bigyan sila ng kinakailangan nilang suporta upang sila ay makabalik na sa normal na pamumuhay,” expressed Go.,“Isa pa rito, kung gusto niyo sumigla ulit ang ating ekonomiya, kailangan talaga nating tulungan ang mga maliliit na negosyo. Ang kanilang pagbangon ay ang pagbangon ng bansa. Kaya tulungan natin sila,” he continued.,Go’s team distributed snacks to a total of 195 residents at the respective civic centers of Palompon and Merida. In addition, select individuals were given shoes and phablets.,The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and the Department of Trade and Industry assessed potential beneficiaries for their respective programs.,In line with his commitment to boost the struggling economic sector, Go successfully pushed for the implementation of the Small Business Wage Subsidy program in 2020 to help micro, small and medium enterprises cope with the adverse impacts of COVID-19.,Under the program, the government provided a wage subsidy of P5,000 to P8,000 per month for up to two months to every eligible employee who could not work or get paid during the enhanced community quarantine period.,President Rodrigo Duterte likewise signed Executive Order No. 169 which directs the DTI to create a Franchise Registry for the protection of MSMEs.,Go then offered additional aid to those in need of medical care. He advised them to avail of the services of any of the 151 Malasakit Centers nationwide, five of which are located in the province of Leyte.,The Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, which was primarily authored and sponsored by Go, seeks to make all government medical assistance programs more convenient and accessible to particularly poor and indigent patients.,The Malasakit Centers in Leyte are located at Leyte Provincial Hospital and Governor Benjamin T. Romualdez General Hospital and Schistosomiasis Center (GBTRGHSC), both in Palo, Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) in Tacloban City, New Western Leyte Provincial Hospital in Baybay City, and Ormoc District Hospital in Ormoc City.,“Mga kababayan ko, hindi po biro ang magkasakit sa panahong ito lalo na po at naghihirap pa rin ang ating ekonomiya. Kaya po kung kayo ay may nararamdaman, huwag na po kayong mag-alinlangan pa at magpatingin na po kayo sa doktor. Marami pong Malasakit Center sa buong bansa na handa po kayong tulungan sa inyong mga bayaring medikal,” Go encouraged.,“Ngayon po ay nanganganib po na bumalik na naman po ang Metro Manila sa Alert Level 2 dahil sa tumataas po ulit na kaso ng COVID-19. Huwag po kayong maging kumpiyansa at sumunod pa rin po sa ating mga health protocols para po tuluy-tuloy ang ating pagbabalik sa normal na pamumuhay,” he urged.,Go also sponsored and successfully pushed for the passage of Republic Act 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. Both measures are part of the lawmaker’s commitment to ensure that quality healthcare services are within the Filipinos’ reach.,To further boost the development and economic growth in the towns, Go supported the improvements of several roads, acquisition of medical equipment and supplies for Barangay Poblacion, and construction of the Merida Community Hospital and evacuation centers in Merida.,Meanwhile, in Palompon, Go supported the construction of local roads in Brgy. San Joaquin and other initiatives to boost health and social protection.,His team also provided similar relief to hundreds of displaced workers in Babatngon, Kananga, Isabel, and Albuera on 8 June.,