Bong Go

Bong Go appeals to next admin: Continue programs for poor such, Malasakit Centers

April 1, 2022 People's Journal 171 views

SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go appealed to whoever will be the country’s next leaders to build on the programs, initiatives and policies implemented by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte so that they benefit more Filipinos in the future.

In an ambush interview after providing assistance to residents of the Island Garden City of Samal in Davao del Norte on Wednesday, March 30, Go urged the next administration to keep public services that aim to provide a comfortable life for all Filipinos, such as healthcare, as a top priority.

“So, ako pakiusap ko lang sa next president, bigyan niyo ng priority at tulungan ninyo ang ating healthcare services lalo na ‘yung mga mahihirap na walang malapitan,” said Go.

“Ngayon, itong Malasakit Center, batas na ito at pirmado ni Presidente Duterte at mandato ng Malasakit Centers Act ay maglagay ng Malasakit Center sa mga DOH-run (Department of Health) hospital, government hospital, basta sumunod lang sila sa criteria set by the law,” he added.

During his stint as Special Assistant to the President, Go opened the pioneering Malasakit Center in Cebu City in 2018 with the aim of expanding access to health care for particularly poor and financially incapacitated patients.

He then authored and sponsored the measure that became Republic Act No. 11463, otherwise known as the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, upon winning a seat in the Senate. It was eventually signed into law by Duterte in 2019.

The Act mandates all DOH-run hospitals to establish their own Malasakit Center. Other public hospitals, including those run by local government units, may also open their own provided they meet a standard set of criteria to ensure the sustainability of its operations.

He also urged incoming leaders to keep expanding the number of Malasakit Centers across the country, saying that it is in the best interests of all Filipinos.

“Ngayon, ‘yon ang sasalo sa mga pasyente at ang pakiusap ko lang sa mga kasamahan ko sa gobyerno at sa susunod na administrasyon, kung makatulong itong proyekto o makatulong itong Malasakit Center, ipagpatuloy niyo lang ang pagsuporta dahil para naman ito sa Pilipino, tulong ito para sa mga Pilipino, sa mga mahihirap,” said Go.

Go, on the other hand, asked Filipinos to work with the country’s future leaders in order for them to do a good job of serving the people.

“Ang gobyerno ni Presidente Duterte ay para sa mga hopeless, sa mga helpless. Kaya ako ang pakiusap ko lang, tulungan natin at sa next administration magtulungan lang tayo para sa ikaayos at makakatulong sa mga mahihirap,” said the senator.

“Kung ano po ‘yung makakatulong sa mga mahihirap iyon po ang ipagpapatuloy kong isulong bilang isang senador… ipagpapatuloy ko ‘yung mga programang nakakatulong katulad ng Malasakit Center,” he added.