Go opens 84th Malasakit Center in Zambales
(The Philippine Star) - September 28, 2020 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Bong Go on Friday led the virtual launch of the 84th Malasakit Center at the President Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Hospital in Iba, Zambales.

The hospital is a COVID-designated facility, where confirmed and suspected cases are currently confined.

The newly opened Malasakit Center is the first in the province, ninth in Central Luzon and 44th in Luzon.

Expressing his concern for Filipinos who have to queue for hours just to seek government assistance, Go said the purpose of these one-stop shops is to ensure that people can have access to medical and financial assistance from the government.

In Malasakit Centers, patients or their representatives need only to fill out a unified form to request assistance, instead of having to visit government offices in various locations.

An express lane for persons with disability and senior citizens is also available.

Agencies extending medical and financial assistance that are housed in these centers include the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Health Insurance Corp., and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

With the enactment of Republic Act 11463, or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, all DOH-run hospitals in the country and the Philippine General Hospital in Manila are mandated to establish their own Malasakit Centers.

In a live video message, Go urged PhilHealth employees to continue working for the welfare of the country, help fight corruption and deliver the best service to citizens.

He also committed to find the truth behind the corruption issues besetting the agency, those involved must be held accountable.

Go assured the public that he and President Duterte would do their best to eradicate corruption in the government.

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