By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go visited the existing
Malasakit Center in Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital to ensure
continued operations to help patients in need of medical assistance
amid the ongoing health crisis.
In a short speech during his visit, Go thanked all the Malasakit
Center employees and medical frontliners for the service they have
rendered throughout the pandemic, especially in saving and protecting
lives of the most vulnerable sectors of society.
“Sa lahat po ng mga empleyado ng Malasakit Center dito sa Valenzuela
(City) Emergency Hospital, maraming salamat po sa inyo. And, before I
forget, ang pinaka-importante po sa panahon ngayon, ang lahat po ng
mga frontliners po, maraming, maraming salamat po sa inyong
sakripisyo,” said Go.
“Hindi po nababayaran ng kahit ano ang inyong sakripisyo sa panahon
ngayon. Pakiusap ko lang po sa inyo, lalong-lalo na po sa mga
Malasakit social workers, please lang po, huwag niyo pong pabayaan
‘yung mga mahihirap po, ‘yung mga walang matakbuhan, ‘yung mga
helpless, ‘yung mga hopeless po,” he asked.
He also advised the patients to notify their communities about the
government assistance available through these one-stop shops so that
they can take advantage of it.
‘Yung mga pasyente dyan sa likod, sabihin niyo po sa inyong mga
kapitbahay, mayroon kayong Malasakit Center, dalawa na po dito sa
Valenzuela,” he said.
“Batas na po ‘yan, isinulong namin ni Senator Win, Congressman Wes,
Congressman Eric, at iba pang mga mambabatas ninyo. Ang Malasakit
Center po ay one-stop shop, nasa loob na ho ng hospital ‘yung apat na
ahensya ng gobyerno – PhilHealth, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes
Office, Department of Health, at Department of Social Welfare and
Development,” he added.
Republic Act 11463 or the Malasakit Centers Act of 2019, authored and
sponsored by Go, was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in December
- The law mandates the establishment of the centers in every
DOH-run hospital nationwide and in the Philippine General Hospital in
Other public hospitals can also establish their own Malasakit Centers
provided they meet the standard set of criteria and guarantee the
availability of funds for the center’s operation.
There are now 142 Malasakit Centers in the country since the program
was initiated by Go in February 2018, with the latest opened on the
same day at the Valenzuela Medical Center.
More than three million has benefited so far from the services of the
During the visit, Go’s team also provided meals, food packs, vitamins,
masks, and face shields to the hospital staff, medical personnel, and
patients. They also gave new shoes or bicycles to select individuals
for their daily commuting needs. They likewise gave away computer
tablets to help their children with their school activities under the
blended learning set-up.
The senator also took the opportunity to recognize the efforts of
local leaders, government officials and hospital personnel for their
untiring service amid the ongoing crisis.
“Hindi ko na po hahabaan ang aking sasabihin. Mga kababayan ko, kami
ni Pangulong Duterte ay handang magserbisyo sa inyong lahat sa abot ng
aming makakaya. Ayaw namin mangako, magtatrabaho lang po kami para sa
inyong lahat,” said Go.
“At tandaan natin, makinig kayong mabuti ha. Sana po’y maalala ninyo
ito na nagtagpo tayo kahit isang beses sa buhay natin. Tandaan niyo po
itong sasabihin ko, minsan lang tayo dadaan sa mundong ito. Kung ano
pong kabutihan o tulong na puwede nating gawin sa ating kapwa tao,
gawin natin ngayon, dahil hindi na po tayo babalik sa mundong ito,” he
On the same day, Go also personally attended the launch of the
country’s 142nd Malasakit Center at Valenzuela Medical Center and the
inauguration of the Wellness Entertainment Sports or WES Arena in
Valenzuela City which he believes will serve as a catalyst for the
further development of the city and its constituents.
“May pakiusap lang po ako sa lahat, wala pa naman pong kampanya. Medyo
mainit lang ‘yung usapan sa pulitika dahil nag-aantayan. Isa lang po
ang pakiusap ko sa mga kababayan ko, sa mga kandidato, puwede ba
mamaya na lang natin pag-usapan ‘yung pulitika. Maraming salamat po sa
lahat ng papuri pero mas kailangan po ng taumbayan ngayon na
magtrabaho muna tayo,” Go emphasized.
“Ulitin ko po, bakuna muna bago ang pulitika. ‘Yun po ang kailangan
natin sa ngayon,” added Go, who also chairs the Senate Committee on