Go behind Malasakit Center concept – Duterte

Published March 15, 2019, 12:05 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

CAUYAN CITY, Isabela – President Duterte on Wednesday credited former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go as the one who conceptualized the idea of Malasakit Center as the President endorsed Go’s candidacy and the rest of the administration’s senatorial ticket here.

Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go (photo courtesy of Bong Go/ Facebook)
Special Assistant to the President Christopher Go (photo courtesy of Bong Go/ Facebook)

“Yang Malasakit kanya yan, siya (Go) talaga nag-konsepto niyan (The ‘Malasakit’ is his idea, he conceptual­ized it),” said Duterte in his message during the rally of the senatorial ticket of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

Duterte said the idea for the center came about after he asked Go to find a way to provide immediate health-related assistance to the needy without having to pass through the bureaucratic grid.

Go’s solution was to bring together in one room all concerned government agencies such as the DOH, DSWD, PCSO and PhilHealth.

“I tell you, you won’t go wrong with him,” Duterte also said in past speeches as he vouched anew for the integrity of his former top aide.

Isabela Gov. Faustino “Bojie” Dy III, said the province has been a staunch supporter of the Duterte administration as he also committed the full support of the local leaders for Go and the rest of the PDP-Laban senatorial ticket.

“Sa lahat ng mga kaibigan ko dito, mga kapatid ko from Isabela, salamat po sa inyong mainit na pagtanggap sa amin dito (To all my friends here, thank you for your warm welcome),” Go said.

He stressed that institutionalizing the Malasakit Center through an ap­propriate law is top in his legislative agenda.

“Gusto ko po itong isabatas para po makinabang naman ang ating mga kababayan sa pera nila. Pera nyo po ito, ibinabalik lang namin sa pamamagitan ng serbisyong mabilis, maayos at maaa­sahan (I want this to be a law so that our fellowmen will benefit from their money.

This is your money, we are just returning that through fast, efficient and reliable services),” he said.

There are already 29 Malasakit Cen­ters operating around the country.

Go likewise vowed to promote the welfare of the barangay officials through a Magna Carta that would pro­vide them not only additional benefits but also build their capacity to serve their community better.

“Naiintindihan ko po ang trabaho ng mga kapitan. Kayo ang pinakaim­portante kasi kayo ang nagdadala ng basic services, lahat ng problema kayo ang unang nag-aayos. Isusulong ko po yung Magna Carta for barangay officials para sa kapakanan ninyo (I understand the work of the barangay captains. You are the most important because you deliver basic services and the first responders to problems. I am pushing a magna carta for barangay officials),” Go added.

Other components of Go’s legis­lative agenda include programs for agriculture, anti-illegal drugs, and crimi­nality, housing, education, long-term sports development, localized peace talks, fire protection and prevention, anti-corruption, creation of a Depart­ment of OFW and improved benefits for senior citizens.