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Wednesday, April 6, 2022

BG Party-List vows to support improved Malasakit, healthcare services


CEBU CITY -- BG Partylist first nominee Alelee Andanar on Monday vowed to continue to support the provision of financial and medical assistance to indigent families through the instituted Malasakit Center Act and the Universal health Care Act.

She said that they are eyeing to improve the implementation of the Malasakit Centers across the country as well, stressing that this will help promote the well-being of the Filipino people, especially as they push for more inclusive and accessible public services.

“Isa ito sa pundasyon ng taos-pusong serbisyo ng Duterte administration na nakikita kong dapat na ipagpatuloy at gawing prayoridad ng susunod na administrasyon. At ako naman ay gagawin ang makakaya ko sa Kongreso para ipagtuloy ito lalo na’t malaki po ang ginhawa at tulong na hatid nito sa mga kapus-palad nating kababayan,” she said.

As of March 2022, there are already 151 Malasakit Centers in the country with the one in Quirino Provincial Medical Center (QPMC) in Cabarroguis town as the latest to be inaugurated.

Andanar said that it is high time that Filipinos, whatever their status, should not shy away from seeking medical help because of financial constraints.

Considered as a Duterte Legacy, President Duterte signed into law the Republic Act No. 11463, otherwise known as the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, which was authored by Sen. Go.

The law 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.

“Sa aking pag-iikot sa mga lalawigan, isa talaga itong Malasakit center at healthcare law sa mga ipinapasalamat ng mga mahihirap nating kababayan. Hindi po biro ang magkasakit ngayon, kaya salamat sa Malasakit Center na inisyatibo nina Pangulong Duterte at Sen. Bong Go,” Andanar said.

Meanwhile, Atty. Mico Clavano, BG partylist’s second nominee, backed this, adding that they will ensure that these policies will not be politicized. He mentioned that they have been receiving reports about patients who were not given referrals for medical assistance because of differences in political views.

“Huwag naman sanang ganoon. Tandaan niyo po, ang serbisyo publiko ay walang pinipili. Ang programang ito ng Pangulo ay wala rin pong kulay,” he said.

“Kapag magpapatuloy ang mga ganyang pag-abuso, ipapanukala ko ang batas na magpaparusa sa mga pumopolitika sa Malasakit Centers sa buong bansa,” he added. (BG)