Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Friday ‘virtually’ spearheaded the launch of the country’s 88th Malasakit Center at the Don Emilio del Valle Memorial Hospital in Ubay, Bohol.
It is the second Malasakit Center in the province after the one at Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital in Tagbilaran City was launched in 12 October 2018.
Go thanked Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas; Governor Arthur Yap; Representative Kristine Alexie Tutor; Ubay Mayor Constantino Reyes and Vice Mayor Victor Bonghanoy; and Dr. Edwin Orina, among others for making the launch possible.
In his online speech, Go also took the opportunity to recognize the hard work and sacrifices of members of the hospital staff and other frontliners who continue to serve their communities amid the ongoing public health crisis.
“Sana po ay unahin po natin ang ating mga pasyente. Huwag po natin silang pabayaan at malaki po ang inasaahan nila sa atin na makapagserbisyo tayo sa kanila,” he said.
As an aide to then Davao City mayor Duterte, Go witnessed firsthand the difficulties experienced by ordinary Filipinos to obtain medical and financial assistance from the government. These inspired him to establish the first Malasakit Center in Cebu City inside the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.
As a senator, Go had authored and sponsored the passage of the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019 which was signed into law last December. The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where poor and indigent poor patients may conveniently apply for medical and financial assistance from the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, PhilHealth and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
The act mandates the establishment of a Malasakit Center in the Philippine General Hospital in Manila City and every DOH-run hospital throughout the country. Other public hospitals may establish their own provided they meet the set criteria and guarantee the necessary funds for its operation.
Additionally, the DSWD provided financial assistance to 124 of the hospital’s patients on the same day as the launch.
“Sabi ko naman, kung ano pwede nating maitulong sa ating kababayan, bigay na natin. Bakit pa natin sila pahihirapan kung kaya naman natin na sa isang kwarto, isang araw lang tapos na ang proseso? Kung ano po ang nasimulan at natutunan ko sa Davao, dadalhin ko sa buong bansa bilang patuloy na serbisyo sa tao, sa bayan at sa Diyos,” promised Go.
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