Conducts monitoring visit of Malasakit Center in Davao City.
SENATOR Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go visited the new four-storey Malasakit Building located inside the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City.
It is presently undergoing further improvements and will be operational soon to cater to increasing number of Mindanaons seeking various financial and medical assistance from the government.
He also conducted a monitoring visit at the Malasakit Center at the Davao hospital where he witnessed the turnover of assistance to the center. The assistance replenishes the fund earlier given to the Malasakit Center.
In his message the senator mentioned that the check that was turned over is for the Pharmacy Fund, which aims to provide free medicine to indigent patients, not only from Davao City, but all throughout Mindanao.
Go, who chairs the Senate Committee on Heath, also told the nurses present that he will continue to prioritize their welfare. He shared with them his efforts in the Senate to push for their salary increase.
“Sangayon po ako sa pagpapataas ng sahod ng ating mga nurses kaya naman sinuportahan ko sa Senado ang panukalang magsusulong nito,” he said.
Go was referring to his efforts in the Senate to push for the implementation of the Supreme Court decision upholding the validity of Section 32 of the Philippine Nursing Act of 2002. It provides that the “minimum base pay of nurses working in the public health institutions shall not be lower than Salary Grade 15.”
“This is a long overdue compensation denied to them. Hindi na natin sila paghihintayin pa…magkakaroon na sila ng increase sa kanilang sweldo,” Go said in his prior statements.
“We allotted 3.173 billion pesos to upgrade the salaries of Nurses 1 and 2, in accordance with the recent Supreme Court decision,” he added.
Go, the main author of the Malasakit Center Act of 2019, also explained that the Malasakit Center gives Filipino patients easier access to financial and medical assistances by bringing together in one office representatives from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
“Noong unang panahon po, hihingi kayo ng tulong sa apat na ahensiya ng gobyerno. Lunes, pipila kayo sa Provincial Capitol. Martes, pipila kayo sa PCSO. Miyerkules, pipila kayo sa DOH. Huwebes, DSWD. Biyernes, PhilHealth. Ubos ‘yung panahon ninyo sa kakapila para humingi ng tulong na, sa totoo lang, sa inyo naman ‘yan. Pera ninyo ‘yan,” the Senator said.
“Ngayon po, meron na kayong Malasakit Center. Isang araw na lang,” he added. At the Malasakit Center, the patient or the representative is asked to fill out a unified form for the four agencies, and persons with disabilities and senior citizens are entertained in an express lane.
The Malasakit Center Act, which President Rodrigo Duterte signed in December, mandates the establishment of a Malasakit Center in each of the 73 DOH-run hospitals in the country and at the Philippine General Hospital.
So far, 71 Malasakit Centers have been opened throughout the country, with the latest one launched at the Lapu-Lapu City District Hospital on March 6.
He also reminded the audience to avoid being involved in drugs as they tear families apart and destroy the lives of individuals.
Ending his message to those present, Go said that he will continue to give back to the Filipino people the quality of government service they deserve.
“Alam niyo, si Pangulong Duterte, isang mayor na ginawang Presidente. Ako, isang probinsyano mula rito sa Davao na ginawang senador. Wala na akong hihilingin pa sa Panginoon. Ibabalik ko sa tao ‘yung serbisyong para sa tao. Magtatrabaho na lang po ako. Masaya po akong makapagserbisyo na lamang sa aking mga kababayan,” Go said.