Go: Avail of Malasakit aid

Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Health “Bong” Go reminded Filipinos to take advantage of the streamlined medical assistance offered in the 154 Malasakit Centers throughout the country.

Go described the laborious process that Filipinos had to go through just to request medical assistance from the government before Malasakit Centers were established.

“Noong unang panahon po, wala pang Malasakit Center ang mga kababayan natin. Kung meron silang kailangang tulong sa kanilang pagpapaospital o billing, lalapit po ‘yan sa iba’t ibang opisina,” detailed Go.

“(Halimbawa), Lunes pupunta po ‘yan sa mga city hall, provincial hall o sa mga opisina po ng ating governor or mayor. Martes po, pupunta ‘yan sa PCSO, pipila, kahit madaling-araw. Miyerkules po, pipila ‘yan sa DOH. Huwebes po, pipila ‘yan sa DSWD. Biyernes po, ipo-proseso naman Philhealth,” he narrated.

“Ubos po ang panahon nila, ubos po ‘yung pamasahe sa kakapila at paghingi ng tulong. Kaya doon ko po naisipan po ito noong 2018 na ilagay po sa isang kwarto (ang mga ahensyang ito),” he continued.

The senator said these struggles prompted him to initiate the said program and later principally authored and sponsored Republic Act No. 11463, which institutionalized Malasakit Centers through a law signed by former President Rodrigo Duterte in 2019.

Under RA 11463, otherwise known as the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, all hospitals run by the DOH nationwide and the Philippine General Hospital in Manila are mandated to establish their own Malasakit Center. Hospitals run by local government units and other public hospitals may also establish their own provided they meet a standard set of criteria to guarantee the sustainability of the center’s operations.

“Ngayon po ay batas na ito. Noong naging senador ako noong 2019, isinulong ko po ito sa tulong ng mga kasamahan ko sa Kongreso at Senado, pinirmahan ni dating pangulong (Rodrigo) Duterte. Institutionalized na po ang Malasakit Center para po ito sa Pilipino, para po ito sa poor and indigent patients, handang tumulong po sa ating mga kababayan,” he shared.

There are currently 154 Malasakit Centers across the country, the most recent of which was launched on January 18 at the Camiguin General Hospital in Mambajao. Go was present during the event.


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