Senator and chair of the Senate Committee on Health Christopher “Bong” Go personally attended the launch of the country’s 96th Malasakit Center at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City on Friday.
This is the seventh hospital in Quezon City to open a Malasakit Center, the others being East Avenue Medical Center, Lung Center of the Philippines, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Novaliches District Hospital, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, and Philippine Heart Center.
Go reiterated during his speech that the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is far from over and expressed his deep-felt gratitude to the medical community for their service and sacrifice in battling the Covid-19 pandemic.
“To the frontliners, doctors, nurses and other health workers, especially here at Veterans Memorial Medical Center, we thank you all immensely for your service during this time. Like soldiers, you are the ones sent to battle. You are the ones counted on to battle the Covid-10 pandemic),” he said in Filipino.
The Senator reassured that he cares deeply for the issues affecting health workers and the healthcare system, and vowed to continue fighting for measures that aim to protect and benefit them.
Go also shared President Rodrigo Duterte’s unwavering commitment to improve the welfare of military veterans and their families who have made sacrifices in different ways to help ensure the nation’s peace and security.
The Malasakit Center is one-stop shop that brings together the government agencies where Filipinos may seek medical assistance from the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
Go authored and sponsored the measure that became Republic Act No. 11463, otherwise known as the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019. The bill was signed by President Duterte on December 2019.
For extending their support to the Malasakit Centers program, the Senator thanked Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino of the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, Quezon City Vice Mayor Gian Carlo G. Sotto; Quezon City 2nd District Councilor Mikey F. Belmonte; Lieutenant General Allen T. Paredes, Commanding General of the Philippine Air Force; Department of National Defense Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans, and Reserve Affairs Reynaldo B. Mapagu; Undersecretary of Health Leopoldo J. Vega, who heads the One Hospital Command; Major General Adriano S. Perez Jr. of the Philippine Army; and DSWD Usec. Mark Allan Jay Yambao, among others.
Meanwhile, the DSWD also provided financial assistance to a total of 295 ward patients in VMMC after the activity. Go’s staff also provided meals, food packs and vitamins to the same beneficiaries.
Go’s team also gave bicycles to selected hospital staff members while others received tablets so their children can participate better under the blended learning approach.
On the same day, the Senator visited Dasmariñas City in Cavite and Paco district in Manila to distribute aid to 650 indigent residents and 527 families or 940 fire victims, respectively. SOVEREIGNPH