Tue. Oct 26th, 2021

By Senator Bong Go

Mula noon hanggang ngayon, walang pili naman po ang pagseserbisyo ko sa tao. Rerespetuhin ko po kung sino ang ihahalal ng taumbayan sa pagka-pangulo.

At kung mabibigyan naman ako ng pagkakataon ng mga kababayan natin, I will be a working Vice President na gagawin ang lahat para makapagsilbi sa mga Pilipino hindi lang sa salita, kundi sa gawa. Hindi ako magiging spare tire o reserba lamang.

Bilang opisyal at kandidato naman ng PDP-Laban, kaisa ako ng aking mga kapartido sa aming hangaring maipagpapatuloy ang mga magagandang programa at makabuluhang pagbabago na nasimulan ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte. We will support a Presidential candidate who can push for the continuity that the people want.

Nabanggit ko rin noon pa na hindi ako tatakbong pangulo kung hindi si Pangulong Duterte ang Vice President. Iyon ang dahilan kung bakit nagdesisyon ako na tumakbo bilang Vice President.

Sa mga minamahal kong kababayan, maraming salamat po sa patuloy na paniniwala at suporta ninyo sa amin ni Pangulong Duterte at sa buong administrasyong Duterte.  Patuloy nating iparamdan sa bawat sulok ng bansa ang mga magagandang programa at pagbabagong inumpisahan at ginagawa ng administrasyong ito.

Pero sa ngayon, ayaw kong pag-usapan muna ang pulitika. Unahin muna nating malampasan ang krisis na dulot ng COVID-19. Bakuna muna bago pulitika.

142nd Malasakit Center opens in Valenzuela City

Dalawa na ang Malasakit Centers sa lungsod. Nauna nang binuksan ang Malasakit Center sa Valenzuela Emergency Hospital noong Agosto 2019.

This brings to 27 Malasakit Centers in Metro Manila ready to assist urban poor with their healthcare needs.

Masaya ako at sunod-sunod ang pagbubukas ng mga centers. Tiwala akong magiging malaking tulong ito sa mga kababayan natin, lalung-lalo na sa mga walang matakbuhan at maaasahan kundi ang gobyerno.

Dito niyo makikita ang puso ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte para sa mga mahihirap. Sinimulan namin ito dahil ayaw naming pinapahirapan sila. Binabalik lang nito ang pera at serbisyo na dapat sa inyo sa pamamagitan ng mabilis at maaasahang serbisyo mula sa gobyernong palaging nagmamalasakit sa inyo.

To simplify and improve the process for requesting medical-related aid, the center brings together under one roof the different national agencies from which patients may avail of medical assistance. The agencies are the Department of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

The one-stop-stop aims to reduce a hospital bill to the lowest amount possible by covering various patient services and expenses, pursuant to Republic Act No. 11463 or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, which Go principally authored and sponsored in the Senate.

More than three million poor and indigent patients have benefitted since the program was initiated in 2018. There are now 142 fully operational Malasakit Centers nationwide, 77 of which are in Luzon, 29 in Visayas, and 36 in Mindanao.

In Metro Manila, a total of 27 DOH-run and other public hospitals have opened Malasakit Centers, including the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical Center, San Lazaro Hospital, Tondo Medical Center, and the Philippine General Hospital in Manila. 

In the 2nd District, centers have been launched at the National Center for Mental Health in Mandaluyong City; Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center in Marikina City; Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City; San Juan Medical Center in San Juan City; and the Lung Center of the Philippines, Novaliches District Hospital, Philippine Heart Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, East Avenue Medical Center, Veterans Memorial Medical Center, Philippine Orthopedic Center, National Children’s Hospital and Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City.

Meanwhile, the Dr. Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital in Caloocan City; Ospital ng Malabon in Malabon City; Navotas City Hospital in Navotas City; Valenzuela Medical Center and Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital in Valenzuela City in the 3rd District have also opened their own.

Similar centers may also be found at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City; Ospital ng Parañaque in Parañaque City; Pasay City General Hospital in Pasay City; and Taguig-Pateros District Hospital in Taguig City in the 4th District.

Isa lang po ang bilin namin ni Pangulong Duterte sa mga doctors at social workers sa mga ospital na ito, “wag niyong pababayaan ang mga kababayan nating helpless, hopeless at walang matakbuhan.” Maraming pasyente ang takot at maikli ang pasensya sa panahong ito but, please, extend your patience as we do our best to help more who are in need.

It is for this reason that I continue to prioritize improving the delivery of key public services, such as health care, in keeping with President Duterte’s commitment to a more responsive and compassionate government by bringing public services closer to those in need.

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