Mo­bile tech­nol­ogy helps in pro­tect­ing Sas­muan man­groves

Sun.Star Pampanga - - FRONT PAGE - BY IAN OCAMPO FLORA Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

SAS­MUAN — Mo­bile tech­nol­ogy can in fact help save the en­vi­ron­ment .

This as the Sas­muan Bangkung Mala­pad Crit­i­cal Habi­tat and Eco­tourism Ar ea (SBMCHEA) in this town is now ben­e­fit­ting from the ad­vances made in mo­bile tech­nol­ogy and is now be­ing ap­plied to the preser­va­tion of man­groves in­side the crit­i­cal habi­tat area.

This as mo­bile com­pa­nies Eric­s­son and Smart for­mal­ized an agree­ment with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment of Sas­muan for the Con­nected Man­groves project.

The cen­ter is staffed by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Depart­ment of Health, Depart­ment of So­cial Wel­fare and De­vel­op­ment, Philip­pine Amuse­ment and Gam­ing Cor­po­ra­tion, Philip­pine Health In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion, Philip­pine Char­ity Sweep­stakes Of­fice, and other gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

The cen­ters help ease the process for pa­tients avail­ing med­i­cal and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the gov­ern­ment.

“We are eye­ing the es­tab­lish­ment of more Malasakit Cen­ters es­pe­cially on key health in­sti­tu­tions and strate­gic ar­eas in the coun­try to be able to pro­vide as­sis­tance to our fel­low Filipinos who most need of help. In this way, we hope to in­still to ev­ery Filipino that health care is not only for the rich, but a pri­or­ity for every­body,” he said.

Among the ar­eas eyed by Go for the next Malasakit Cen­ters are in Visayas, Min­danao and other key places in Lu­zon that are eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to and have com­plete med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties to treat pa­tients.

If given a seat in the se­nate, Go said he will push for an en­act­ment of law in­sti­tu­tion­al­iz­ing the Malasakit Cen­ters which have been ben­e­fi­cial in treat­ing and sav­ing the lives of ail­ing poor Filipino pa­tients.

“Once in­sti­tu­tion­al­ized, Filipinos can be as­sured of the quick ac­cess to qual­ity but free med­i­cal pro­grams even when Pres­i­dent Duterte steps down of his post in 2022,” Go said.

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