Senator Bong Go spearheaded the launching of the Malasakit Center on Friday, July 5, in the Ormoc District Hospital. Also present during the event are Presidential Assistant for Visayas Michael Llyod L. Dino, Leyte Vice Governor Atty. Carlo Petilla Loreto, Ormoc City Vice Mayor Toto Locsin Jr., 5th District of Leyte Representative Carl Cari and Merida Mayor Rolando Villasencio among others.
The cheers and jeers in the hallways of the only government-run hospital in the city went louder when the former longtime personal aid of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte introduced his surprise guests: Philip Salvador and Robin Padilla. The trio even sang an OPM classic hit titled ”Maging Sino Ka Man.”
In his speech, Sen. Go revealed that President Duterte has supported his suggestion of establishing the Malasakit Center project nationwide. This concept is adopted from Davao City Mayor Sarah Duterte’s ”Pagkalinga sa Bayan” that was established in 2017.
During his speech, Senator Bong Go stated that the Malasakit Center aims to streamline the access to financial assistance by simply providing all the agencies inside for the convenience of the patients and their families.
In other words, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop service center for all medical-financial assistance where agencies like PhilHealth, PCSO, DOH, Malasakit Fund, and DSWD are placed in one office inside selected government hospitals in the country.
Qualified patients can avail up to P50,000 maximum financial assistance per month. However, it should be noted that only patients admitted to the chosen government-run hospital are eligible to make use of this financial aid.
Besides talking about the Malasakit Center, Sen. Go also thanked the Ormocanons for supporting him in the May 2019 elections. He got a total of 49,660 votes in this first-class city in Leyte.
Senator Bong Go vowed that the Duterte administration would continue working hard to make every Filipino’s life more comfortable and convenient.
”Kausa lang ta muagi ning kalibutana. Kung unsay kaayohan or tabang na pwede natong buhaton sa atong mga kaigsuonan, ato nang buhaton kay di na ta mubalik aning kalibutan. Maayo kini ang tinuod,” he said. ”Ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo sa Diyos.”
At the moment, there are always a total of 37 Malasakit Centers nationwide that serve up to 100,000 patients daily. More centers are said to be opened, this year, in the pipeline.