MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Bong Go personally attended the launch of the country’s 98th Malasakit Center at the Casimiro A. Ynares Sr. Memorial Hospital in Rodriguez, Rizal on Tuesday.
It is the fourth Malasakit Center in Rizal aside from those at the Antipolo City Hospital System Annex IV, Bagong Cainta Municipal Hospital and Margarito A. Duavit Memorial Hospital. It is the 52nd in Luzon.
Malasakit Centers are one-stop shops that gather national agencies offering medical assistance, including the Departments of Health and Social Welfare and Development, PhilHealth and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
In his speech, Go recognized the service and sacrifices of medical workers and other frontliners as they continue to work tirelessly to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
He vowed to fight for the welfare of the members of the medical community amid reported delays on the release of their hazard pay and special risk allowance.
“Ang sahod at benefits na dapat mapunta sa inyo ay dapat ibigay. Kapag may reklamo kayo, sabihin niyo sa akin at ako mismo ang magsasabi o magbubulong kay Pangulo,” he said.
Go also assured frontliners as well as poor and vulnerable sectors, that they will be prioritized once a safe and effective vaccine against COVID-19 is approved and sufficient supply is available.