MALASAKIT CENTER OPENS IN QC
QUEZON CITY – The government rolled out its 19th Malasakit Center at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City, local reports said.
Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, along with Quezon City Vice Mayor Josefina Belmonte, led the launching of the center as part of the Duterte administration’s efforts to improve medical services across the country.
Go initiated the program when he was still working as presidential aide. This one-stop shop offers finance assistance related to hospitalizations in order to reduce the waiting time, queues and paper works which patients had to undergo to avail of such services.
Agencies involved are the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
“Tuloy-tuloy po itong programang ito, wala po kaming limit as long as kaya ng gobyerno ang mag lagay ng Malasakit Center sa mga ospital (The program is continuous, there is no limit as long as the government can place Malasakit Centers in hospitals),” Go said in an interview.
“Basta Filipino qualified po kayo. Wala nang ibang requirements na hinihingi. Pera po ito ng gobyerno at ibinabalik lang sa inyo (If you are a Filipino, you are qualified. No more other requirements needed. These are government funds which are just being returned to all of you),” he added.
Last year, the Office of the President earmarked P100-million replenishable fund for the initiative complementing the Universal Health Care bill once President Rodrigo Duterte signs it into law.
Other Malasakit Centers have been opened in Cebu, Iloilo, Tacloban, Dumaguete City, Bacolod City, Tagbilaran City, Davao City, Butuan, Cagayan De Oro City, Sultan Kudarat and Cotabato City.