Additional three new Malasakit Centers were added in the Visayas thus totaling 37 Malasakit Centers around the country.
Residents from Siquijor can now avail of financial and medical assistance from the different participating government agencies with the opening of the Malasakit Center in Siquijor Provincial Hospital on July 4, Thursday.
Senator Lawrence “Bong” Go together with Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino unveiled the Malasakit marker and turned-over the P5 million check from the Office of the President to the Siquijor Provincial Hospital. The amount given to the hospital will serve as the Malasakit Fund, which may be availed of for use of indigent patients.
The Siquijor Malasakit Center is the 11th Malasakit Center in the Visayas. The following day, two Malasakit Centers opened in Borongan City and Ormoc City.
The Malasakit Center in Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital in Borongan City marks the 3rd Malasakit Center in the island of Samar. Senator Go and Secretary Dino graced the event and handed the check from the Office of the President to the Chief of Hospital, which check was also worth P5 million.
After the launching, both Sen. Go and Sec. Dino flew to Ormoc City to launch the Malasakit Center in Ormoc District Hospital. They also unveiled the Malasakit marker and handed another check worth P5 million as Malasakit Fund to be availed of for use of the hospital’s indigent patients.
The Malasakit Center in Borongan and Ormoc City is the 36th and 37th Malasakit Center in the Philippines, respectively. Malasakit Center started in Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu last February of 2018.
Every Malasakit Center receives a monthly funding from the Office of the President, termed as the Malasakit Fund. The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop of various government agencies that gives financial aid to poor and marginalized Filipinos allowing them to conveniently avail of medical and financial assistance offered by the participating government agencies.
OPAV has been tasked by the President to roll-out and implement the Malasakit Center across the Philippines. // (By Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas)