ANGELES CITY – Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go launched last Thursday a Malasakit Center at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC) here to provide more medical assistance to financially-challenged Angelenos.
Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin Jr. has commended the strong efforts of Go in establishing the Malasakit Center, a one-stop shop where indigent patients can avail of financial services from agencies such as PhilHealth, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Go and the mayor inaugurated the center with Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Debold Sinas; Chief Presidential Legal Council Atty. Salvador Panelo; Pampanga Vice Governor Lilia ‘Nanay’ Pineda; First District Rep. Carmelo ‘Jon’ Lazatin II; Second District Board Member Fritzie David-Dizon; Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting and City officials.
“Maraming salamat po [Sen. Go], dahil mas marami pang mahihirap na Angeleños ang magkakaroon ng karagdagang tulong pagdating sa serbisyong pangkalusugan mula sa gobyerno, ngayong meron nang Malasakit Center dito sa Ospital Ning Angeles,” Lazatin said.
Lazatin also cited the P3 million check given to the Malasakit Center by Go, as well as his vitamins and grocery donations to the patients and medical frontliners in RLMMC. This amount, intended for financial assistance to indigent patients, is replenishable every month.
The senator also vows to donate P10 million to support the hospital in its further programs.
The Malasakit Center is a presidential mandate initiated by the Office of the Special Assistant to the President, in cooperation with DOH, PhilHealth, PCSO, DSWD, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, with the purpose of expediting processes in availing of service relevant to healthcare primarily for, but not limited to, financial assistance.
This is the 2nd Malasakit Center in the Pampanga province, and the 102nd in the country.