Screengrab of 'Go bag' promotion from the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 8 facebook post. The DILG removed the post Tuesday night (Jan. 15, 2019). (Contributed photo)
TACLOBAN CITY -- An official of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 8 (Eastern Visayas) on Wednesday denied that the distribution of “Go bags” to their employees is meant to endorse the candidacy of a senatorial bet.
DILG-8 made the statement after its Facebook post of “Go bag” distribution earned numerous comments, tagging the office as an endorser of former presidential aide Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go’s senatorial bid.
DILG-8 Assistant Director Valente Bajet said the intention was to promote the use of the “Go bag” as part of disaster preparedness, among the office’s 300 personnel and does not refer to any person.
“The procurement has started last year, but it was only delivered to us recently. It just happened that we are on election season and almost every activity is being linked to politics,” Bajet added.
The “Go bag” or grab bag contains items one would need to survive for 72 hours, such as a first-aid kit, water bottle, whistle, blanket, radio, flashlight, resealable plastic envelope, and Swiss knife.
According to the DILG, the term “Go bag” has been used for decades by different local and international organizations.
The agency has been promoting the use of this kit since 2014 after Super Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the region and rendered thousands of families homeless and without food.
DILG-8 Director Artemio Caneja asked his staff to delete the social media post on Tuesday night to stop speculations. The distribution of the bags began on January 14. (PNA)