Emphasizing support for grassroots healthcare, Bong Go lauds inauguration of the Super Health Center in San Jose, Romblon

Emphasizing support for grassroots healthcare, Bong Go lauds inauguration of the Super Health Center in San Jose, Romblon

SENATOR Christopher “Bong” Go, head of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography, praised the local authorities of San Jose, Romblon, and the Department of Health (DOH) for the successful groundbreaking of its Super Health Center in Barangay Pinamihagan on Friday, May 24.

In his message, Go emphasized that establishing Super Health Centers nationwide, especially in remote areas, is a critical step in enhancing public health services at the community level. He highlighted that these centers aim to bridge the gap between the government and the Filipino people.

“Isinulong ko po talaga ang pagpapatayo ng mga Super Health Centers sa buong Pilipinas dahil alam ko po kung gaano ninyo ka kailangan na mapalapit sa inyo ang serbisyong medikal ng gobyerno,” cited Go.

“Yung mga nasa probinsiya po, lalo na ‘yung mga nasa liblib na lugar, ‘yun po ang target na tayuan ng mga Super Health Centers. Para po masiguro na hindi na po nila kailangan lumayo at gumastos ng malaki para lang makapagpagamot,” he added.

Through the collective efforts of fellow lawmakers, sufficient funds have been allocated for more than 700 Super Health Centers nationwide. DOH, led by Secretary Teodoro “Ted” Herbosa, is the lead implementing agency that identifies the strategic areas where they will be constructed. In Romblon, five Super Health Centers were funded.

During the event, Go’s Malasakit Team distributed grocery packs, basketballs and volleyballs, and shirts to barangay health workers to support their role as community health front liners.

Meanwhile, Go offered to help residents with medical concerns, and advised them to seek assistance from the Malasakit Center at the Romblon Provincial Hospital in Odiongan.

A brainchild of Go, the idea of the Malasakit Centers program started after he witnessed the struggles of financially incapacitated Filipinos to get quality health services. Go is the principal author and sponsor of Republic Act No. 11463, or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, which institutionalized the Malasakit Centers program.

Currently, 165 Malasakit Centers are operational nationwide, poised to assist with patients’ medical expenses. The DOH reports that the Malasakit Center program has aided more or less ten million Filipinos.

“Mga kababayan, mayroon lang akong sasabihin sa inyo. Minsan lang tayo dadaan sa mundong ito. Kung ano pong kabutihan o tulong na pwede nating gawin sa ating kapwa, gawin na natin ngayon dahil hindi na tayo babalik sa mundong ito,” Go, known as “Mr. Malasakit” for his compassionate service, reminded.

“Bilang inyong Mr. Malasakit, patuloy akong magseserbisyo sa inyo dahil bisyo ko ang magserbisyo at ako ay naniniwala na ang serbisyo sa tao ay serbisyo ‘yan sa Panginoon, serbisyo ‘yan kay Allah,” he ended.


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