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Go: Health budget for next year must not be reduced

November 03, 2019 - Sunday 6:11 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image Senator Christopher Lawrence Go speaks to a patient at the Compostela Valley Provincial Hospital-main in Montevista, Compostela Valley where a Malasakit Center was launched on Wednesday. ARJOY M. CENIZA

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go vowed to continue to fight for the budget being pushed by health officials and health workers to make sure that health services, especially for indigent patients, will not be adversely affected by  budget cuts.

“‘Yun po ang aking ipu-push, ma-retain or ma-restore ang budget ng Health para po hindi maapektuhan ang renewal ng medical personnel. So ‘yun po ‘yung aking ipinaglalaban para wala pong mawalan ng trabaho,” Go said at the launch of the Malasakit Center at the Compostela Valley Provincial Hospital-main in Montevista, Compostela Valley on Wednesday, October 30.

Go said the DOH budget on Human Resources for Health must be retained for next year to make sure health workers do not lose their jobs and the provision of health services in various parts of the country will not be hampered. 

In his message during the launch of the Malasakit Center in ComVal, which is the 48th in the country and the 15th in Mindanao, Go said the program is a step towards providing more accessible and quality healthcare to all Filipinos.

The launch was led by Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV). OPAV was a partner of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President in establishing earlier Malasakit Centers when Go was still with the executive branch.

Go said he is pushing for a law to institutionalize Malasakit Centers to ensure the continuity of the program in the years to come, even beyond the term of President Rodrigo Duterte. 

He said with a law in place, a standard set of criteria will be followed in establishing more Malasakit Centers in different public hospitals nationwide to ensure proper implementation and adequate staffing in each center. 

“Hopefully, bago mag-Christmas break ‘yung Senate bill ay maipasa. Ako naman, as Committee on Health Chairman, pinu-push ko ito. Suportado naman po ito ng mga fellow senators at alam nila na para sa ikakabuti ito ng ating mga kababayan,” Go said.