Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography Christopher “Bong” Go assured Filipinos that Malasakit Centers are especially operational in the thick of the pandemic to improve access to healthcare.
Go filed his Certificate of Candidacy for Vice President of the Philippines on 2 October, vowing for a speedier and more efficient delivery of services in these centers: “Sisiguraduhin nating magiging mabilis, maayos at abot-kaya ang serbisyong pangkalusugan tulad ng naibibigay na tulong ng Malasakit Centers sa mga nangangailangan.”
Go principally authored the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, eventually signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.
The centers are one-stop shops for all government medical assistance programs, putting together the departments of Health and Social Welfare and Development, as well as Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and PhilHealth under one roof, making it convenient for particularly poor and indigent Filipinos to access medical care.
There are presently 141 Malasakit Centers operating in the country.
The law mandates all Department of Health-run hospitals and the Philippine General Hospital to establish their own Malasakit Centers.
Other public hospitals, including those run by local governments, may also open their own, provided they meet a standard set of criteria to ensure the sustainability of its operations.
“Bakit pa natin pahihirapan ang ating mga kababayan, eh, sa totoo lang po, pera nila ‘yan, pera ng Pilipino ‘yan, ibalik po natin sa kanila sa pamamagitan ng mabilis, maayos at may malasakit na serbisyo lalo na sa mga nangangailangan at walang matakbuhan.”
Go said that, throughout his more than 20 years in public service, he has seen firsthand how difficult it is for underserved individuals to receive medical care.
This prompted him to open Cebu City’s first Malasakit Center in 2018.
“Wala ‘tong pinipili. Basta Pilipino at poor o indigent patient ka, qualified ka sa Malasakit Center. Kung tatanggihan kayo, sabihin niyo, ‘karapatan ko ito bilang Pilipino’. Pera niyo ito na binabalik lang namin sa pamamagitan ng maayos na serbisyo,” he added.
The senator then pledged to keep fighting for better healthcare for all Filipinos, particularly those in low-income, remote and rural communities.
Before being elected as a senator, he served as the special assistant to the President. Citing that a Senator’s job is not limited to legislation, Go has been at the forefront of providing representation and constituency services around the country, listening to the pleas of the most ordinary Filipinos, bringing assistance particularly amid the pandemic.
“I will continue to serve especially those who need government attention the most—’yung mga mahihirap. I am determined to fulfill my role as a bridge for the poor, the needy, the hopeless and the helpless—connecting them to their government so that their voices are heard and their concerns are addressed during these trying times.”
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