Senator Bong Go leads inauguration of 164th Malasakit Center in South Cotabato

Senator Christopher "Bong" Go, renowned for championing the Malasakit Centers program and serving as chairperson of the Senate committee on health, spearheaded the opening of the country's 164th Malasakit Center at the SOCCSKSARGEN General Hospital in Surallah, South Cotabato.

The event symbolizes a significant stride in the nationwide expansion of Malasakit Centers, which aim to streamline the delivery of medical assistance, particularly to financially challenged Filipinos. Attended by prominent local government officials including Rep. Peter Miguel, Vice Governor Arthur Pingoy Jr., Mayor Pedro Matinong, Vice Mayor Antonio Bendita, Department of Health Undersecretary Abdullah Dumama, alongside other esteemed local figures and hospital personnel, the launch was marked by a spirit of communal support.

During his address, Senator Go reminisced on the origins of the Malasakit Centers program in 2018, born from his observations of the hurdles faced by the underprivileged in accessing government medical aid. Recognizing the burdensome process they endured, often involving visits to multiple agencies and enduring lengthy queues, the program aimed to simplify and expedite this vital support system.

Senator Go commended the proactive stance of the South Cotabato provincial government under the leadership of Governor Reynaldo Tamayo and Vice Governor Pingoy, particularly in prioritizing health initiatives within the province.

Senator Go also graced the distribution of aid to 500 displaced workers by the Department of Labor and Employment held at the Surallah Municipal Gymnasium, emphasizing his commitment to alleviating the burdens faced by vulnerable communities.

Accompanied by popular action star Philip Salvador, Senator Go also conducted an inspection of the ongoing construction of the Super Health Center in Surallah. The Super Health Center is a semi-hospital, larger than the usual RHUs, equipped with birthing facility, isolation room, pharmacy, and an ambulatory surgical unit.

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