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Go launches 62nd Malasakit Center

February 06, 2020 - Thursday 6:02 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image Senator Christopher Lawrence Go greets medical staff members of the Gov. Faustino N. Dy, Sr. Memorial Hospital in Ilagan City where the country’s 62nd Malasakit Center was launched on Wednesday. Contributed photo

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go led the opening of the country’s 62nd Malasakit Center in Ilagan City, Isabela Province on Wednesday and witnessed the handover of financial assistance from the Office of the President (OP) to typhoon victims and affected farmers of the province.

“Dito sa Malasakit Center, pinagsama-sama natin ang apat na ahensya ng gobyerno,” Go said in his speech during the launch, referring to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

The Malasakit Center, located inside the Gov. Faustino N. Dy, Sr. Memorial Hospital at Barangay Calamagui 2nd, serves as a one-stop shop for financial and medical assistance from the four agencies.

“Hindi na ninyo kailangang pumila sa iba’t ibang opisina. Palalagyan din natin ito ng express lane para sa senior citizens at persons with disabilities,” Go said.

He said the provincial government of Isabela also contributed funds to the Malasakit Center as additional assistance in case the four agencies cannot cover the entire bill of a patient.

The center covers patient services and expenses, such as laboratories, medicines, surgeries or operations, with the exemption of professional fees and private room accommodation.

The process of seeking assistance has also been simplified through the Malasakit Unified Form, which means that there is only one form to fill up for Filipinos requesting medical assistance.

“Tuloy-tuloy po ito sa lahat ng mga DOH-run hospitals dahil napirmahan na ni Pangulo ang Malasakit Center Act of 2019. Ayon po sa batas, 73 na DOH-run hospitals ay lalagyan ng Malasakit Center,” Go said.

He added that in addition to the DOH-run hospitals and the Philippine General Hospital, the law also allows local government units (LGUs) to establish Malasakit Centers provided that they meet the standards and criteria to ensure sustainability and consistency in the services provided by the centers.

Go then proceeded to the Ilagan City Community Center on Saint Mark Street to attend the handover of checks from the OP to the province, to its component city of Ilagan and to eighteen of its municipalities, which were affected by typhoons Ramon, Rosita, and Tisoy.

Also receiving assistance is Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province, affected by Typhoons Quiel and Ramon. All the typhoons made landfall in these areas in the last quarter of 2019.