The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Friday handed over a P10 million check to the City Government of Davao as its financial assistance to the clients of the Malasakit Center in Davao City.
The Malasakit Center (formerly, Pagkalinga sa Bayan), which is primarily run by the city government was established as a one-stop-shop for all government agencies providing medical and financial aid to Dabawenyos, namely: the City Government of Davao with its Lingap Para sa Mahirap Program, PCSO, PhilHealth, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Office of the President.
“We are very thankful to the PCSO for its support for medical and financial assistance for the indigent Dabawenyos. This additional fund means that more people can be made beneficiaries,” Mayor Sara Duterte said.
People who are admitted in SPMC, as well as with other participating hospitals in the City, may go to the Malasakit Center for their medical needs and can ask for financial assistance.
“Before the Malasakit Center, we already have a Pagkalinga sa Bayan. When we created the Pagkalinga sa Bayan, we made sure that we partner with PCSO and that partnership has already helped thousands of Dabawenyos,” the Mayor added.
PCSO General Manager Royina Garma said that the budget came from the charity funds of the PCSO that is to be used as medical assistance for the indigent Filipinos.
“Since people come here in Davao for hospitalization, it is just right that we put budget here for their benefit, especially that SPMC is located here,” she said. CIO