On Monday, February 12, President Roa Rodrigo Duterte promised to give P50-million per month as part of additional financial assistance for the Malasakit Center Don Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), a government hospital in Cebu City.
The announcement was made by President Duterte himself as he led the launching of the Malasakit Center at the hospital.
“Tapos ang V. Luna, 50 million a month; ang AFP, 50 million a month; PGH, 100 million. Kayo mga 50 million a month para sa mga tao,” President Duterte said in his speech.
The Malasakit Center is the first of the six centers to be opened in the government hospitals in Cebu and Bohol. Among these hospitals are St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital, Talisay District Hospital, and Eversley Childs Hospital, all located in Cebu, and Gallares Hospital and Del Valle Hospital in Bohol.
The center serves as a one-stopshop in VSMMC where poor patients can get financial help for their hospital obligations. Malasakit center’s mission is to bring government hospital services as well as services of the DOH, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. closer to the poor people.
The center is designed by Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino and funded by his batchmates at the Sacred Heart School Batch ‘85 Foundation.
Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino said that Malasakit center is in accordance with President Duterte’s order to smooth procedures of getting government services.
“This way, patients do not need to undergo the tedious and often repetitive processes of securing requirements and going from one agency to another,” he said.
On the other hand, amidst of the impending investigation of the International Court of justice for the alleged extrajudicial killings linked to the government’s campaign against illegal drugs, President Duterte firmly stands oh his ground and said,
“Drugs? I’d like to address myself to the International Court of Justice and to the prosecutors coming here to investigate. The war or the drive against drugs will not stop and it will last until the day I step out.”