MALASAKIT CENTER. Presidential Assistant for the Visayas, Sec. Michael Lloyd Dino(center) led in the inauguration of the Malasakit Center at the Samar Provincial Hospital in Catbalogan City on March 19. Joining him were Samar Governor Sharee Ann Tan and chief of hospital Doctor Katherine Faith Tabuan, among others. (Samar Provincial Hospital)

Gov. Tan expresses gratitude to Pres. Duterte

TACLOBAN CITY- The provincial hospital of Samar became the 33rd health facility in the country to have its own ‘Malasakit Center.’
On Tuesday (March 19), Secretary Michael Lloyd Dino led in the opening of the Malasakit Center and joined by provincial officials led by Governor Sharee Ann Tan and personnel of the said hospital led by its chief of hospital, Dr.Kathrine Faith Tabuan.
Gov.Tan, for her part, expressed her gratitude to President Duterte and his close aide, former special assistant to the President (SAP), Christopher ‘Bong’ Go for putting up the Malasakit Center at the Samar Provincial Hospital.
“We are thankful to President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte through the efforts of former Secretary Christopher “Bong” Go for choosing to open this one-stop service center for all government agencies which cater to patients in government hospitals for financial assistance in our province,” she said.
Dino, representing Go, said that the opening of the Malasakit Center would be of great help to the people of Samar province, particularly the poor.
“Finally, through the efforts of our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, our brothers and sisters here in Samar Provincial Hospital will get to enjoy cheaper – if not – free medical services,” he said on his speech during the opening of the Malasakit Center.
The Malasakit Center at the Samar Provincial Hospital is the 10th in the Visayas and the 4th in the region.
Sec.Dino said that since its inauguration, the Malasakit Centers have extended assistance to more than 100,000 patients with the administration of Pres. Duterte providing P300 million assistance.
Dino said that with the opening of the Malasakit Center at the Samar Provincial Hospital, which is located in Catbalogan City, people would no longer have to worry of going to different government offices just to seek medical or financial assistance for their clients confined at the said hospital.
“All government agencies which offer financial help related to hospitalization such as Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), (and) Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will now be under “one roof” so that our dear patients will no longer spend time, money, and effort going to different agencies to avail,” he said.
During the inauguration of the Malasakit Center, Sec. Dino turned over a check worth P5 million to Gov. Tan to be used as initial funding of the center.
Gov. Tan handed the financial assistance to Dr. Tabuan.(JOEY A. GABIETA with ROEL T.AMAZONA)