76th Malasakit Center opens in Cabanatuan

July 31, 2020
Malasakit center

SENATOR Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Wednesday, July 29, virtually attended the launch of the country’s 76th Malasakit Center at the Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.

The newly opened Malasakit Center is the 2nd in the province and 38th in Luzon.

"Patuloy po ang serbisyo ng Malasakit Centers para mabigyan ng mabilis, maayos at maaasahang serbisyong medikal ang mga Pilipino kahit saan mang parte ng bansa. Lalo na sa panahon ng pandemya, hindi dapat maantala ang pagbubukas ng dagdag na Malasakit Centers kaya sa Zoom na lang muna tayo ngayon," Go said during the launch.

"Gusto ko talagang pumunta diyan, sa totoo lang pero medyo marami pa kasing bawal. Sunod lang muna tayo sa health and safety protocols. Babalik po ako d'yan. Pupuntahan ko po kayo kapag pwede na upang mapakinggan ang inyong hinaing. Palagi pong bukas ang aming opisina para tumulong at magserbisyo sa inyo,” he added.

Go, then, explained the purpose of Malasakit Centers and how they expedite the provision of medical and financial assistance to patients.

"Pangalawang Malasakit Center na po pala ito sa Nueva Ecija. Noong unang pagbubukas po ng Malasakit Center diyan, nandiyan po ako. Ang Malasakit Center ay one-stop shop, at tumutulong ‘yung apat na ahensya ng gobyerno magbibigay ng tulong sa inyo,” the Senator explained.

Filipinos who need medical and financial assistance to cover their hospital bills would only need to fill up one form in the Malasakit Center as a way to streamline the process of availing such assistance from partner agencies. A special lane is also provided specifically for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

Concerned agencies extending medical and financial assistance programs that are housed in these centers are the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

With the enactment of the Republic Act No. 11463, otherwise known as the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, all hospitals run by the DOH all over the country and the Philippine General Hospital in Manila are now mandated to establish their own Malasakit Centers.

Meanwhile, Go thanked all frontliners for their heroism in this time of pandemic. "'Yung sakripisyo ninyo sa panahong ito, rest assured na ipaglalaban ko ang inyong kapakanan," he said.

"Kung ano pa ang maitutulong namin sa inyo, lalo na sa mga frontliners. Sinasabi natin na sila ang bayani natin ngayon, kaya suportahan natin sila sa kanilang mga pangangailangan," he added.

He also urged them to report any irregularity or maltreatment that they would encounter in the course of their duty. "Ako naman, handa akong magsalita. Kung may nakikita kayong katiwalian o hindi pantay ang pagtrato sa inyo, sabihin niyo po."