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Davao City holds dry-run for Lingap one-stop shop

February 7, 2017 By

The Davao City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO) is currently conducting a dry-run of procedures for the efficient and effective extension of medical and financial assistance to indigents through the Lingap Para sa Mahirap Program.

The dry-run comes before the construction of the P25-million one-stop shop Lingap building inside the compound of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).

The objective is to determine the shortest possible procedure that beneficiaries have to go through, using the minimum requirements set by the Commission on Audit before they can avail of the assistance program.

It is also being conducted in anticipation of the completion of the three-storey Lingap building, where local and national social welfare agencies are set to converge.

“The convergence of agencies intends to provide assistance to Dabawenyos in the shortest possible time where clients/patients need not travel far from the hospital in complying with requirements or acquiring assistance,” CSSDO Head Maria Luisa Bermudo.

Agencies involved are the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), PhilHealth, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), CSSDO and the Lingap Para sa Mahirap Program of the Davao City Government.

“It’s Mayor Sara’s brainchild. We just developed her idea,” said Bermudo. “All she wanted is that a client needing assistance would be immediately facilitated and will not experience difficulties.

The P25-milllion fund for the one-stop shop Lingap building will be coming from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and has already been approved by the Office of the President.

SPMC on the other hand, provided the area for the building.

The Lingap Para sa Mahirap Program, which was initiated by then mayor and now President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2011, provides financial assistance to the needy for their hospitalization, medicines, medical supplies, diagnostic procedures, dialysis, chemotherapy, radiation, and assistive technologies such as wheelchairs, crutches and prosthetics.