Former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, who is seeking a Senate seat, on Monday assured barangay health workers (BHW) he would push for measures to promote their welfare.
Speaking at the 21st Barangay Health Workers Congress in Tarlac City, Go acknowledged the crucial role of BHW in ensuring our people remain healthy and productive.
“I will look for ways to increase the benefits given to BHW. The government should recognize your important role in our communities,” Go said.
“I care for the health of the Filipino people. An effective and efficient healthcare system is vital in ensuring that our people remain healthy and productive. Your role as BHW is crucial in promoting this cause,” he added.
He thanked the BHW for their sacrifices and services, particularly in making sure the healthcare needs of every Filipino, especially those in the grassroots are given adequate attention.
“You play a very crucial role in your respective communities because you are the ones responding to address the health needs of our people. I wish to thank you for all the services and the support that you continue to give to our country,” Go said.
He noted that despite being the “frontliners” in the delivery of medical services to the communities, the position of BHW is still considered “voluntary” in nature.
Aware of the difficult situation some Filipinos are experiencing in availing themselves of quality healthcare, Go vowed to push for measures to make services easily accessible to those who need government attention the most.
Go has been instrumental in establishing Malasakit Centers nationwide. The Malasakit Center is a ‘one stop shop’ where indigent patients can avail of financial assistance from various government agencies, such as the Department of Health, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philhealth, PAGCOR, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
Currently, the closest operating Malasakit Center to Tarlac is at the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando, Pampanga. He said the government is planning to establish another such center in Tarlac and in other provinces in Central Luzon.
Moreover, Go said he will study how the Universal Healthcare Bill and other similar proposed measures can be enhanced so that the creation of Malasakit Centers in every province will be institutionalized.