Malasakit Cen­ter in Baguio launched

Sun.Star Baguio - - Front Page - Jonathan Llanes Sun*Star Re­porter

SEN­A­TOR Christo­pher Lawrence “Bong” Go per­son­ally launched the 50th Malasakit Cen­ter at the Baguio Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and Med­i­cal Cen­ter (BGHMC) which is ex­pected to serve indi­gent pa­tients all over Lu­zon.

“The ini­tial P5 mil­lion that we gave for the Malasakit Cen­ter of BGHMC came from the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent.

Once this bud­get have been used and fully liq­ui­dated, this will again be re­fund

ed. The med­i­cal as­sis­tance for indi­gent pa­tients on the other hand will have a sep­a­rate P5 mil­lion bud­get for a to­tal of P10 mil­lion to be man­aged by your chief of hos­pi­tal through the help of the Philip­pine Char­ity Sweep­stakes Of­fice, Depart­ment of Health, Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment and Phil Health,” Go said.

Go added the Malasakit Cen­ter aims to pro­vide qual­ity health care ser­vice to Filipinos is a on­estop shop that aims to help Filipinos ac­quire more ac­ces­si­bly fi­nan­cial med­i­cal as­sis­tance, aside from mak­ing the process sim­pler for Filipinos to seek as­sis­tance from the four dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

Aside from BGHMC, Go also dis­cussed with Benguet Gov­er­nor Mel­chor Di­clas for the pos­si­ble es­tab­lish­ment of a Malasakit Cen­ter at the Benguet Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

“I filed a Se­nate Bill in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­ing Malasakit Cen­ter to set a cri­te­ria hav­ing the four agen­cies of gov­ern­ment. If this would be a lo­cal gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tive, there would be a cri­te­ria to be fol­lowed, there should be a house com­plete with the rooms, fur­ni­ture, com­puter sys­tems and so­cial work­ers which will op­er­ate and man­age th­ese Malasakit Cen­ters while for DOH run hos­pi­tals, Malasakit Cen­ters will au­to­mat­i­cally be es­tab­lished,” the Sen­a­tor stated.

Go ex­plained some 73 more Malasakit Cen­ters will be es­tab­lished in the coun­try.

Doc­tor Ri­cardo Runez, BGHMC Chief of Hos­pi­tal, wel­comed the es­tab­lish­ment of the Malasakit Cen­ter in Baguio City which is ex­pected to help pa­tients com­ing from the dif­fer­ent ar­eas in Lu­zon.

“This Malasakit Cen­ter will serve pa­tients in this part our coun­try very well spe­cially those pa­tience not hav­ing the ca­pac­ity to pay for medicines and other health care needs. Be­fore, when the Malasakit Cen­ter was still not es­tab­lished, pa­tients had no choice but to shell out for the lack­ing health re­lated needs which some­times makes them loose hope be­cause they could not af­ford for their health care needs but with this Malasakit Cen­ter, we are pos­i­tive that our indi­gent pa­tients will now be served,” Runez stated.

BGHMC does not only serve pa­tients in Cordillera but also from other Lu­zon prov­inces par­tic­u­larly in the north.

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