Health, Infrastructure Development

TO PROVIDE RELIEF TO INDIGENTS: Mayor Sara okays construction of one-stop health service center

November 3, 2016 By

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has given the green light for the establishment of a P40-million one-stop facility where agencies providing health services will be set up for easy accessibility for the Dabawenyos.

The facility will be established at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).

It will house the offices of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the City Social Service and Development Office (CSSDO), and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

The construction of the 2-storey building will be funded by PCSO.

It is seen to complement the free medical aid program of the local government of Davao — Lingap Center, which is also located near SPMC, the biggest government-funded hospital in Mindanao.

The objective of the creation of the one-stop center is to ease the burden of the public who are in need of assistance from the concerned agencies.

“The mayor wants all the health-related agencies to be in one area to shorten the processing of patients’ documents,” said Maria Luisa Bermudo, chief of CSSDO.

The mayor’s intention, she said, is to provide convenience to patients and their families, especially the indigents who rely primarily on free hospitalization services from government agencies. CIO