Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday called anew for an increase in the salary of public health professionals, as he led the opening of a Malasakit Center in Pasig City.
“Mga nurses, mga doctors at iba pang public health workers, sisikapin ko na maipasa ang Salary Standardization Law 5 na matagal nang minimithi (Nurses and doctors, I will endeavor to ensure the passage of the longed-for Salary Standardization Law 5),” Go said at the launching of the Malasakit Center at the Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City.
The Malasakit Center is the 41st in the country, 18th in Luzon and sixth in Metro Manila.
In his speech, Go said President Rodrigo Duterte called for salary standardization in his State of the Nation Address, thus health workers could depend on him to push for it.
Meanwhile, the senator recounted how his dream of providing quality healthcare for all Filipinos resulted in the creation of Malasakit Centers nationwide.
“Nung mayor pa si Pangulong Duterte sa Davao, ang daming humihingi ng tulong medikal sa kanya.
Hindi lang galing sa Davao, kung hindi sa karatig-probinsiya rin. Kaya naman naisip ko ano ang pwedeng konsepto para mapabilis ang pagbibigay ng serbiyong medikal sa mga Pilipino. Ganyan po nabuo ang
Malasakit Center (When President Duterte was still mayor of Davao City, many people from Davao and other nearby provinces asked for medical help. So, I thought of a concept to speed up the delivery of medical services to Filipinos. That was how the Malasakit Center was born),” he said.
A Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop where different government agencies, such as the Department of
Health, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and Department of Social Welfare and Development are gathered under one roof.
In these offices, applicants seeking financial and medical help no longer have to queue.
Go said Malasakit Centers had special express lanes for senior citizens and persons with disabilities.