SORSOGON CITY, July 9, 2020, (PIA) - The Department of Health (DOH) Sorsogon has virtually launched the 74th Malasakit Center in Sorsogon City, Wednesday, July 8, 2020 in the province of Sorsogon. The Malasakit Center in Sorsogon is situated inside the Sorsogon Provincial Hospital building for its accessibility.
According to DOH Sorsogon provincial head Dr. Gladys Escote, the Malasakit Center is the very pet project of Senator Christopher Lawrence Bong Go for the hospitalized indigent citizens. It was first established in the DOH state run national hospitals and from which it has already evolved in a more wider scope. "Through the interventions of various local government units, the program can now be availed even in the provincial state hospitals like Sorsogon provincial hospital," she added.
The Malasakit Center will serve as a One Stop Shop social services of the government's medical and financial assistance for the indigent hospitalized Sorsoganons whose capability to pay the hospitalization bills are of great concern. It is an institutionalized non-partisan and free of charge based from the government standardized availment of assistance.
The DOH takes the lead in the implementation of the project in partnership with the local government units, Office of the President, Philhealth, PCSO, DSWD, PAGCOR and other government institutions.
The launching was virtually graced by Senator Bong Go together with the Presidential Assistant for Visayas, Secretary Michael Llyod Dino. Senator Go promises support to all Filipinos needing medical assistance especially now that the country is facing COVID19 crisis.
Also virtually present during the occasion were Sorsogon First district Congresswoman Evelina Escudero and 2nd District Congresswoman Bernadita Ramos who likewise pledge their support to the said project in Sorsogon.
Physically present during the occasion were Sorsogon Vice Governor Atty. Manuel Fortes Jr. representing Governor Chiz Escudero, Dr.Renato Bolo, Jr. of PHO, Dr. Ruby Chachon of Sorsogon Provincial Hospital and Dr. Gladys Escote.
The newly opened Malasakit Center has an initial fund of 5million pesos from the Office of the President which will be replenished when it is already consumed in a form of financial services to the indigent patients.
With the Republic Act 11463 or the Malasakit Center Act, there can be an assurance of medical assistance to the indigent patients confined at the government hospitals. (MBA-PIAV/Sorsogon)