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Bong Go, Dino lead in opening malasakit Centers in 3 provinces

UNVEILING COMPASSION. Sen. Bong Go and Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino (second and third from left) show the marker of the Malasakit Center in Borongan City, Eastern Samar. (CONTRIBUTED FOTO)

THREE new Malasakit Centers were opened in Visayas, raising the numbers of Malasakit Centers in the country to 37.

Residents of Siquijor can now avail themselves of financial and medical assistance from different participating government agencies with the opening of the Malasakit Center in Siquijor Provincial Hospital on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Sen. Lawrence “Bong” Go and Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Dino unveiled the Malasakit marker. They also turned over the P5-million check from the Office of the President to the Siquijor Provincial Hospital. The amount will serve as the Malasakit fund for indigent patients.

The Siquijor Malasakit Center is the 11th Malasakit Center in the Visayas. The following day, July 5, two Malasakit Centers opened in Borongan City, Eastern Samar and Ormoc City, Leyte.

The Malasakit Center in the Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital in Borongan City marks the third Malasakit Center in Samar.

Go and Dino graced the event and handed the check, also worth P5 million, from the Office of the President to the chief of hospital.

After the launching, both Go and Dino flew to Ormoc City to launch the Malasakit Center in the Ormoc District Hospital. They also unveiled the marker and handed another check worth P5 million.

The Malasakit Centers in the cities of Borongan and Ormoc are the 36th and 37th Malasakit Centers in the Philippines, respectively.

The first Malasakit Center was unveiled in the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City in February 2018.

Every Malasakit Center receives a monthly funding from the Office of the President. The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop of various government agencies that gives financial aid to poor and marginalized Filipinos, who could now avail themselves of medical and financial assistance offered by participating government agencies.

The Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas has been tasked by the President to roll out Malasakit Centers across the Philippines. (S)


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