BONG GO

GO: EARLY RELEASE OF FRONTLINERS’ BENEFITS

98th Malasakit Center launched in Rodriguez, Rizal

Senator vows to push for timely release of medical frontliners’ benefits

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go personally attended the launch of the country’s 98th Malasakit Center at the Casimiro A. Ynares Sr. Memorial Hospital in Rodriguez, Rizal on Tuesday, January 12.

It is the fourth Malasakit Center in Rizal, in addition to the Antipolo City Hospital System Annex IV, Bagong Cainta Municipal Hospital, and Margarito A. Duavit Memorial Hospital.

It is also the 52nd in Luzon. In his speech, Go recognized the service and sacrifices of medical workers and other frontliners as they continue to work tirelessly to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, Go vowed to fight for the welfare of the members of the medical community, in particular, amid reported delays on the release of the active hazard pay and special risk allowance benefits.

To improve access to health care, President Duterte signed Republic Act 11463 or the ‘Malasakit Centers Act of 2019’ on December 3, 2019. The law directs the establishment of a Malasakit Center in the Philippine General Hospital in Manila City and the 73 hospitals administered or managed by the Department of Health.

Pioneered by the former Special Assistant to the President and now Senator Go, the Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop that gathers together the national agencies offering medical assistance in a single room. They include the DOH, Department of Social Welfare and Development, PhilHealth, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Its primary aim is to reduce the hospital bill balance to the lowest amount possible with government shouldering the cost of expenses.

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