MANILA— Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go today launched the Malasakit Center at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), placing government health services within easier reach of the poor.

Today’s event followed the successful launch of Malasakit Centers at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Hospital (CLMMRH) in Bacolod City and the Ospital ng Palawan in Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan last week.

Go said the Duterte administration had allotted an initial P100-million fund for the PGH.

“Mayroon naman po ibinigay na pondo ang ating Pangulo noong nakaraang taon. It’s a 100-million fund,” Go said in an ambush interview.

The Malasakit Center is the one-stop shop program of President Rodrigo Duterte to hasten the delivery of medical services and give poor patients access to free medicines.

The Malasakit Center program is in partnership with Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), the Philippine Amusement and Games Corporation (PAGCOR), Department of Health (DoH), and the Department of Social Welfare Development (DSWD).

Go has been instrumental in putting up Malasakit Centers all over the country. Currently, there are centers in Cebu, Iloilo, Tacloban, Bacolod, and Palawan.

The launch of the Malasakit Center in PGH was also attended by Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Assistant Secretary Anthony Gonzales, PGH Chief Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Social Welfare and Development Undersecretary Franciso “Isko” Moreno-Domagoso, and Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Secretary Michael Dino.

Go said he will launch Malasakit Centers in Dumaguete and Maasin, Leyte next week as part of the plan to expand the program nationwide.

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