53rd Malasakit Center opens in Maguindanao
December 07, 2019 - Saturday 6:12 PM by MDMSenator Christopher Lawrence Go speaks to reporters after the opening of the country’s 53rd Malasakit Center at the Maguindanao Provincial Hospital in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao on December 6. Contributed photo
Senator Christopher Lawrence Go witnessed the opening of the country’s 53rd Malasakit Center at the Maguindanao Provincial Hospital in Shariff Aguak, Maguindanao on Friday, December 6, three days after the ceremonial signing of President Rodrigo Duterte of Republic Act No. 11463, also known as the Malasakit Center Act of 2019.
Initiated by the President and Go when the latter was still the Special Assistant to the President, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop for medical financial assistances from various government agencies and offices.
“Nandidiyan na po ang apat na ahensiya ng gobyerno,” Go said in his speech. The agencies are the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
“Noon kailangan pa ninyong magsangla ng kalabaw para may pambayad sa ospital. Ngayon dahil may Malasakit Center na tayo, magtutulungan (ang mga ahensiya ng gobyerno) para sa inyo,” he said.
“Zero balance po ang target ng Malasakit Center,” he added.
Go said senior citizens and persons with disabilities will be prioritized through an express lane.
The Malasakit Center in Maguindanao is the second in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. The first in the region was opened at the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center in Cotabato City on November 19, 2018.
Go said more Malasakit Centers will be opened soon as part of the implementation of RA 11463.
“Tuloy-tuloy po ito sa lahat ng mga DOH-run hospitals. Ayon po sa batas, 73 na DOH-run hospitals ay lalagyan ng Malasakit Center,” he said in an interview after the event.
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