52nd Malasakit Center opens in Malabon
Unveiling of Malasakit Center at Ospital ng Malabon
Posted by Ospital ng Malabon on Monday, December 2, 2019
MANILA, Philippines — The 52nd Malasakit Center in the Philippines was opened Tuesday at Ospital ng Malabon in Malabon City.
The serve as a one-stop-shop for medical and financial assistance provided by the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
Among those who attended the opening were Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, who authored and sponsored Senate Bill No. 1076, or the proposed Malasakit Center Act of 2019, which seeks to institutionalize Malasakit Centers in hospitals run by the DOH, including the Philippine General Hospital.
Also present was Malabon Mayor Antolin Oreta and Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV), the partner of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President in establishing earlier Malasakit Centers when Go was still with the executive branch.
Go said that the concept of Malasakit Center started back when President Rodrigo Duterte was still mayor of Davao City when people — even those not living in Davao City — would seek Duterte’s help to settle their medical bills.
“I said: What can we do so that our countrymen would not have to suffer? This is where the concept of Malasakit Center started,” Go said in Filipino.
Hospitals run by local government units and other public hospitals can also establish a Malasakit Center if their funds can cover the operation and maintenance of the centers.
The Senate last the Malasakit Center bill on third and final reading on Nov. 11, while the House of Representatives approved it on Nov. 18.
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