Health and Environment

Go opens 102nd Malasakit Center in Angeles City

102nd MALASAKIT CENTER. Senator Christopher Lawrence Go (left), together with Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr., leads the unveiling of the 102nd Malasakit Center at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center in Angeles City, Pampanga on Thursday (March 4, 2021). The center is a one-stop-shop to assist patients in need of medical and financial assistance. (Photo by the City Government of Angeles)

A one-stop-shop Malasakit Center that will provide more medical assistance to financially-challenged residents was launched at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC) in Angeles City, Pampanga on March 4, 2021.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go led the launching of the second Malasakit Center in this province, and the 102nd in the country.

Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. commended the efforts of Go in establishing the Malasakit Center at RLMMC where indigent patients can avail of services from agencies such as PhilHealth, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“Maraming salamat po Senator dahil mas marami pang mahihirap na Angeleños ang magkakaroon ng karagdagang tulong pagdating sa serbisyong pangkalusugan mula sa gobyerno, ngayong meron nang Malasakit Center dito sa Ospital Ning Angeles (Thank you very much Senator because more poor Angeleños will get help when it comes to health services from the government, now there is Malasakit Center here at RLMMC).,” Lazatin said in a live stream event.

“I commend your support in pushing for the realization of the said project, in order to be of assistance to more Angeleños,” the mayor added.

“Parati naming naririnig ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, salamat Senator, salamat Pangulo. Uulitin ko lang po. Huwag po kayong magpasalamat sa amin dalawa ni Pangulo. Kami ang dapat na magpasalamat sa inyo dahil binigyan ninyo po kami nang pagkakataon na magserbisyo sa inyo (President Rodrigo Duterte and I always hear thank you Senator, thank you President. I will just repeat. Please don’t thank the President and me. We must be the ones to thank you for allowing us to serve you),” Go said.

He gave a check of PHP3 million from the national government as financial assistance to indigent patients, which is replenishable every month.

Patients and medical front-liners at the RLMMC were also given vitamins and grocery items.

The senator also vowed to give a one-time PHP10 million from his office to support the hospital in its future programs.

Also present during the launch were Philippine National Police chief Gen. Debold Sinas, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Pampanga Vice Governor Lilia Pineda, 1st District Rep. Carmelo Lazatin II; 2nd District Board Member Fritzie David-Dizon, Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting, and other city officials. (Zorayda Tecson, PNA)

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