In the wake of the ongoing pub;ic health crisis, Senator Christopher “Bong” Go reminded residents of San Mateo, Rizal over the weekend of the availability of government financial and medical assistance in Malasakit Centers which they can avail of in the event of medical emergencies.

During the distribution of assistance to 250 residents in the municipality Go said the Malasakit Centers located at the Antipolo City Hospital Annex System IV and Margarito A. Duavit Memorial Hospital are open and ready to provide assistance.

“It’s free. The Malasakit center is yours. That’s a one-stop shop in designated hospitals where you can avail of help from the PCSO (Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office), DoH (Department of Health), PhilHealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corp.) and DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development),” he said.

Malasakit Centers host concerned government agencies with programs that provide financial and medical assistance to Filipino patients, particularly the poor and indigent.

Signed into law in December last year, Malasakit Centers have been institutionalized through the enactment of the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019 which he authored and sponsored in his first few months as Senator.

With the enactment of the Republic Act 1463, otherwise known as the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, all hospitals run by the DoH all over the country and the Philippine General Hospital in Manila are now mandated to establish their own Malasakit Centers.

Hospitals run by local government units and other public hospitals may also establish their own Malasakit Centers provided that they meet a standard set of criteria and guarantee the availability of funds for the operation of their centers, including its maintenance, personnel and staff training, among others.

As for those who need to undergo surgery or other medical operations, the Senator said that his office is open to assist them.

During the distribution of assistance, the recipients received cash, food packs, free meals and masks from the Senator’s office. The distribution was conducted under strict compliance with health protocols.

Go’s personnel also gave away bikes to those who need them the most. The Senator advised them to be careful when using their new bicycles and that they may apprehend those they would witness breaking traffic rules.

The DSWD also extended additional financial assistance through its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation program as well as additional food packs.

Ending his message, Go told residents that he and President Rodrigo Duterte will do their best to provide them the best public service they deserve.

Go also said that the government will ensure the accessibility and affordability of the COVID-19 vaccine, once it is made available, to the poorest of the poor and the vulnerable sectors.