First Malasakit Center in Mindanao launched

The first Malasakit Center in Mindanao was launched yesterday just across the Southern Philippines Medical Center along Dumanlas Road.

Special Assistant to the President Sec. Christopher Go led the opening with City Social Services and Development Office head Maria Luisa Bermudo and Lingap Para sa Mahirap officer-in-charge Josephine Mitaran.

The Malasakit Center aims to provide a one-stop shop to provide services and assistance to the families of patients in settling medical needs and expenses.

It houses booths of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp., Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., and Department of Social Welfare and Development

The establishment and sustenance of the Malasakit Center is funded by the civic funds of the Office of the President, which aims to help Filipinos in marginalized areas.

With the pilot opening of Malasakit Center in Davao City, Go said the government is set to expand the center throughout Mindanao.

There are already a number of Malasakit Centers in Visayas and Luzon.

Currently, the city government is working on a three-story air-conditioned building of Malasakit Center in SPMC to offer better services to the public.

Go also emphasized that no requirement is needed to avail the services of Malasakit Center as it is open for all Filipinos.

By Regina Mae Ronquillo