The Malasakit Center has officially opened at the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital (DSPH) last Monday, October 26, 2020, and the launching was spearheaded by Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Gov. Douglas Cagas.
The installation of Malasakit Centers nationwide became law after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed the Republic Act 11463 or the Malasakit Center Act of 2019 last December 2, 2019.
This government’s program aims to help the poor who cannot pay the expenses of the hospital including the medical prescriptions. Inside the Malasakit Center are the various government agencies that can reach out to poor patients such as the Department of Health (DOH), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), PhilHealth, and PSWDO.
The Malasakit Center is a partnership between the national government through the DOH and the Provincial Government of Davao del Sur. The national government will download 3 million pesos per month to the Malasakit Center while the Provincial Government will provide an office including all its needs such as employees, equipment, and more.
This is the 89th Malasakit Center nationwide located at the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital at the request of Gov. Cagas to the DOH.