Calling on Filipinos to show solidarity in observing standard health protocols to slow down the spread of the coronavirus after the relaxing of quarantine restrictions, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go urged the malasakit and bayanihan spirit to pull the nation out of the health crisis.
Go noted in his weekly “GOing Forward” column that over the past few days, the 72nd, 73rd and 74th Malasakit Centers opened at the Aurora Memorial Hospital, Romblon Provincial Hospital and Dr. Fernando B. Duran, Sr. Memorial Hospital in Sorsogon, respectively through videoconferencing.
The setting up of Malasakit Centers is the brainchild of Go. The concept involved the setting up of a one-stop where every Filipino, especially the poor, can avail of assistance for their medical expenses.
“These centers are concrete expressions of the government’s compassion and care towards suffering Filipinos,” according to Go.
Crucial to health system
Go noted in the middle of the current health crisis, the Malasakit Centers proved to be a vital component of the nation’s health system especially in government-run hospitals in the provinces.
“I am excited to see the areas of Aurora, Romblon and Sorsogon being served by these centers at a time when we are enhancing the capabilities of our health facilities outside our urban centers,” he indicated.
He explained that during the crisis, other health concerns do not stop.
“Medical treatments and care must go on. Through these Centers, our most vulnerable populations need not to worry about financial help from the government by going through different government offices, consuming time and resources,” according to Go.
Bayanihan builds resiliency
“With the Malasakit Center, an individual can just step right in and be assessed by agencies such as the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, among others,” the senator related.
“While malasakit allows us to extend a hand to our fellow countrymen in need, it is bayanihan that makes us resilient and stronger as a nation,” he noted. “As we observe July as the National Disaster Resilience Month, I reiterate my call for support for the passage of my proposed measure to create the Department of Disaster Resilience as well as the bill mandating the establishment of mandatory evacuation centers nationwide,” Go indicated.