Go promises to further strengthen health system capacity
MANILA, Philippines – In keeping with his commitment to strengthening the country’s healthcare system, Senator Bong Go personally paid a visit to the Malasakit Center at Valenzuela Medical Center (VMC) last Friday.
He also attended the inauguration of a four-story building at the hospital. The VMC houses the 142nd Malasakit Center in the country and the second in the city, following the opening of the Malasakit Center in the Emergency Hospital of the City of Valenzuela.
In his remarks during the follow-up visit, Go recognized all medical frontliners for their sacrifices and tireless service as they continue to lead the battle against the pandemic.
He then promised to continue pushing for legislation that would help build the capacity of the country’s health system.
“Rest assured, as chairman of your health commission, I will fight for you no matter what, I will fight for your rights,” he said in Filipino.
As he consistently promotes the welfare and interests of the nation’s healthcare workers, Go authored and co-sponsored Republic Act No. 11712 which provides mandatory ongoing benefits and compensation to public healthcare workers and private sector during the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health emergencies.
Under the law, healthcare workers will receive separate compensation if they contract COVID-19 while on duty. People with mild to moderate symptoms will receive P15,000 while people with severe symptoms or in critical condition will receive P100,000.
Meanwhile, for those who unfortunately succumb to the virus, the government will donate 1,000,000 pesos to the families they left behind.
Go also witnessed the transfer of financial support amounting to 50 million pesos from the office of the president to the VMC to further improve the services of its Malasakit center.
“The objective of the Malasakit center is zero balance, so that patients pay nothing… with the full support of the government of the city of Valenzuela. The goal of the government of Valenzuela is zero balance for patients,” said Go.
Go called on the next administration to continue supporting the Malasakit Centers program, highlighting how the 151 operating centers have significantly helped more than three million Filipinos nationwide. Go is the primary author and sponsor of the Malasakit Centers Act.
“Before, without the Malasakit centers… People wasted time and money on transportation, queuing for help. Now we have the Malasakit center for poor and destitute patients,” he reiterated.
During the visit, Go and his team also provided grocery bags, masks, shirts, vitamins and meals to 133 patients and 884 frontliners. In addition, the senator donated phablets, bicycles, shoes, watches, basketballs and volleyballs to selected individuals.
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development separately distributed financial assistance to patients and 409 basic hospital staff.
Meanwhile, Congressman Eric Martinez expressed his gratitude to President Duterte and Go for staying true to their commitment to help improve public service delivery for the city.
“May your legacy endure and perhaps history will be kind to you as this country’s greatest president,” Martinez added.
Rep. Wes Gatchalian, in turn, shared his gratitude to the Duterte administration for improving the lives of the city’s informal settlers, saying, “Thank you for all the help you’ve given me and Congressman Eric and our entire group. We really appreciate that. And I hope that with everyone’s help, Valenzuela will reach greater heights.
After the inauguration and follow-up visit, Go attended the inauguration of the Bahay ni Jawo basketball court in Barangay Parada.