Go opens another Malasakit Center in Cotabato City
By Noel Punzalan
COTABATO CITY (Philippines News Agency) — Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go opened in this city Monday the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC)–Malasakit Center, the 16th of such facility across the country.
The center serves as a one-stop shop for the poor, including senior citizens and persons with disabilities, where they could avail of free access to medical services by the government.
“Let us help give our poor brethren the chance to enjoy government services through free medicine and zero medical billings in our government hospitals,” Go said before CRMC staff and personnel during his speech.
“The main thrust of the Malasakit Center is to speed up the process of their medical needs through the pool of concerned government agencies, he added.
While here, Go also facilitated the turnover of a PHP5-million check from the Office of the President as an initial subsidy for the CRMC–Malasakit facility.
Under the program, patients are assisted in availing services and financial assistance provided by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Philippine Amusement and Games Corporation, Department of Health, and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
“Whatever amount that the indigent patients could not pay or left behind after approaching the DSWD, for example, the Malasakit Center would shoulder it,” Go told reporters during a brief interview after the launching of the project.
Go said other projects he has in mind include the creation of a center that would cater to the immediate needs of overseas Filipino workers.
“That could come later though, as my focus right now is on the establishment of Malasakit facilities to fulfill President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise in giving priority to health, livelihood and infrastructure programs for all Filipinos,” he said.
Dr. Helen Yambao, CRMC chief of hospital, said they still have to come up with a staff to man the center on a 24-hour basis. “We would look into that soon,” she told newsmen here in a separate interview.
After his visit here, Go went straight to the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Hospital in Isulan, Sultan Kudarat, where he is set to open another Malasakit Center. (PNA)