DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 27 (PIA) -- The Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital (NOPH) received P10-M as replenishment fund for the operations of its Malasakit Center (MC).
Sen. Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go led the turnover of the check to NOPH administration in a ceremony held at the hospital grounds recently.
Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo, Negros Oriental 2nd District Cong. Manuel Sagarbarria, Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Asec. Junjie Gonzales, Valenzuela City Rep. Wes Gatchalian, and Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) Commissioner Greco Belgica witnessed the turnover of replenishment fund along with some patients of NOPH who attended the activity.
The Malasakit Center at the NOPH is the 4th to be established in the country.
There are currently 63 centers established across the country.
In his message, Go encouraged patients to avail of the services of the Malasakit Center to help them with their hospitalization expenses.
"Naa diha ang upat ka ahensya sa gobyerno: Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), PhilHealth, ug ang Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). Mag-ambag-ambag sila kung naa balanse mao nay mobayad sa inyo kay naa man pondo gibilin si Presidente Duterte dire para zero-balance ang target sa Malasakit Center (There are four government agencies inside Malasakit Center: DOH, DSWD, PhilHealth, and PCSO. These agencies come together to help you with your hospital bills. President Duterte has allocated a budget for this because the main goal of the Malasakit Center is to provide zero-billing in hospitals)," Go said in his speech.
The senator also pledged to provide additional P5-M as medical assistance for indigent patients.
In response, Degamo expressed his gratitude to the senator for these developments.
"Kaning maong pondo gamiton nato ni para katong mga indigent patient ato gyud matabangan. Dinhi akong pasalamatan ang atong buotan na senador sa iyahang pagkamaayo, sa iyahang pagdala sa tingog ni President Duterte, sa paghatag ug malasakit para sa atoang katawhan (We will use these funds to help indigent patients. In this light, I'd like to thank the good senator for his kindness, for bringing here the directives of President Duterte, for showing compassion to our constituents)," Degamo said.
Go also had a brief interaction with the patients and staff of NOPH before leaving the venue.
Meanwhile, the senator also met with the victims of the recent fire incident in the city who are staying at the city gymnasium.
Go assured them of various government interventions to help them recover from the tragedy.
In a short interview with the media, Sen. Go disclosed he will give P2,000 additional cash assistance and grocery for every family affected by the fire incident.
He also promised to provide uniforms and school supplies to children who want to go back to school.
"Lain-lain ang programa namo sa gobyerno na itabang sa mga nasunugan. Tabang lang ta para makatabok sila sa nahitabo sa ila (The government has various programs for them. We want to help them recover from this)," Go told the media.
Before leaving the city gymnasium, Go had an "boodle fight" dinner with the officers and members of a local tricycle operators and drivers group. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)