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P50 M for ‘Malasakit Center’


By Lesley Camina Devestil

Cebu City – Every month, P50 million will be provided as assistance to the Malasakit Center at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center as pledged by President Duterte during his visit in Cebu Monday.

Secretary Michael Dino of the Office of the Presidential Assistant to the Visayas (OPAV) said his office will simplify procedures and will cut down the requirements as part of the President’s mandate to streamline processes of the government services.

The Malasakit Center is a one-stop-shop for all patients who need medical assistance.

The center houses different government agencies like Department Of Health, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.

Among the hospitals in Cebu with Malasakit Centers are St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital; Eversley Child’s Sanitarium and General Hospitalin Mandaue City and Talisay District Hospital inTalisay City.

Bohol will also have a similar facility at the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital and Don Emilio Del Valle Memorial Hospital.

Since the center opened last year, about 2,000 patients have been assisted. “This way patients do not need to undergo the tedious and often repetitive process of securing requirements and going from one agency to another.” Dino explained.

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office General Manager Alexander Balutan said every day they accommodate P700,000 medical assistance. They provide about P50,000 assistance per patient but if it exceeds that amount needs the approval of the PCSO board.

President Duterte, who witnessed the unveiling of the dedication plate, said they will establish Malasakit Centers in six hospitals in Central Visayas.

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