BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 23 (PIA) -- The country's 91st Malasakit Center opened at the Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital in San Jose de Buenista City, Antique on November 13, 2020.
As reiterated by Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) Assistant Secretary Jonji Gonzales during the 'Bisaya Gyud' program episode on Saturday, November 21, with Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar, this is the province's 11th Malasakit Center and the 22nd in the Visayas. Around PhP5 million is allocated every month for the Malasakit Centers in the province.
Present during the center's virtual launching were Senator Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go, Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Sec. Michael Lloyd Dino, Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao, and other officials of the province.
The Malasakit Center serves as a one-stop-shop facility that will accommodate the medical needs of every Filipino, especially the "poorest of the poor", who serve as the center's priority clientele.
The Malaskit Center is manned by the personnel from the Philippine Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and the Department of Health (DOH).
A total of 47 Malasakit Centers are established in Luzon while 22 are located in Mindanao.
'Bisaya Gyud' is a weekly public service and entertainment program hosted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar aired on select radio stations across the country and streamed live on its official Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/bisayagyudph, every Saturday.
The program was initially launched to provide assistance to underprivileged Bisaya and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). At the height of the pandemic, the program also devoted its episodes to addressing various issues of the Bisayas concerning the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Its 'Operation Tabang' is launched to extend medical and food assistance to Bisaya all over the country, especially those who suffered greatly due to the health crisis. The program also launched its Bond Paper Gift project, which aims to assist schools in rural areas in effectively implementing distance learning by providing reams of bond papers to be used for the production of learning materials.
The program also explores Bisaya music and artists, and features Bisaya success stories. (DMNR/PIA-Caraga)