Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go said he seeks to further improve the welfare of senior citizens by institutionalizing Malasakit Centers where express lanes are designated for them.
“Maroon po tayong Republic Act (RA) 11350 na nag-create ng National Commission of Senior Citizens. This ensures the rights and welfare of senior citizens,” said Go.
“Ako naman, isa sa mga advocacy ko ay health, mga Malasakit Centers. Kaya naman nag-file ako ng Senate bill institutionalizing Malasakit Centers para hindi na bungi-bungi. Ang apat na ahensya ng gobyerno, nasa iisang kwarto na lang. It’s a one-stop shop. May express lane din para sa mga senior citizens at PWDs,” Go said, also detailing the hardships Filipinos had to endure just to avail of government medical assistance.
“Dati, pumipila pa ang mga kababayan natin sa iba’t ibang mga opisina sa ilalim ng sikat ng araw, at sangkatutak na forms pa ang sinasagutan para lamang humingi ng assistance mula sa gobyerno. Ubos na ang pera nila, ubos pa ang panahon nila. Sa Malasakit Center, mas pinasimple na ang proseso. ‘Yang tulong naman na iyan, pera nila ‘yan. Ibinabalik lamang natin sa kanila,” he added.
Showing his concern for his fellow Davaoeños, Senator Go aided victims of a fire incident in SIR Phase 1, Brgy. 76-A, Bucana, Davao City on Saturday where he distributed food packs and some financial assistance to them.
The senator also said that he is providing school supplies and uniforms to affected school children so that they may resume attending their classes immediately.
He also offered help to those injured or are suffering from health conditions, saying “Kung kailangan po ninyo ng espesyalista, tutulungan ko po kayong makapagpa-konsulta sa mga doktor.”
The senator also urged them to go to the nearest Malasakit Center where they can avail of medical financial assistance from various government agencies. The Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City, one of the biggest government hospitals in the country, houses one of the earliest Malasakit Centers in the Philippines. There are presently 46 Malasakit Centers nationwide and Go is scheduled to open another one in Tagum City today.