PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan (center) addresses the members of the press, Authorized Agent Corporations (AACs), and branch managers of PCSO Visayas Region during the Sama-samang Talakayan at Linawan (STL) forum in Summit Circle, Cebu City. Also in photos are Engr. Frederico Damon, Office of the Department Manager-Visayas (left) and PSSupt. Renato Dugan, Chief of Police Community Relation, PRO 7, Cebu City. Supplied Photo
Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan and other government officials will be joining President Rodrigo Duterte this afternoon on the unveiling of ‘Malasakit Center’ in Cebu City.
‘Malasakit Center’ is a one-stop shop located inside Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center where patients can avail of faster and effective processing of their financial/medical needs.
“We are happy to be part of this noteworthy endeavour. PCSO has increased the daily financial assistance allocations for all PCSO offices, which process Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) to provide more health and medical assistance nationwide,” said Balutan.
This one-stop shop is like the ‘At-Source-Ang-Processing’ (ASAP) desk installed by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio in Davao City last year.
Among the government agencies included in the program are PCSO, PhilHealth, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Health (DOH), and Philippine Gaming and Amusement Authority (PAGCOR).
ASAP desks were established with partner-hospitals wherein patients can easily process their request for financial assistance from PCSO with the help of a social worker assigned by the hospital management.
It was conceived in response to the growing number of individuals who seek assistance for health-related concerns to address the long queues and the long lead-time for interview.
The desks will cater exclusively to the respective hospital’s patients so they won’t be needing to appear at PCSO offices.
“We will be opening more branches in the provinces this year and also expand our ASAP desks with partner-hospitals in the provinces,” said Balutan.
At present, we have 88 approved ASAP desks, 57 of which are fully operational, while the remaining of 88 will be operating this year.
The agency has 63 branches across the country with the opening of eight new branches last year in the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Catanduanes, Sultan Kudarat, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Davao del Norte, and Ifugao.
The daily IMAP allocation for the PCSO extension office at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City made a 100-percent increase from P4 million to P8 million.
The Southern Tagalog and Bicol Region posted a 161-percent increase from P1.5 million to P4.05 million, while the daily IMAP allocation of Visayas rose to P3.2 million.
While the Northern and Central Luzon indicated a 144-percent increase, whereas in Mindanao also increase its allocation to P1.750 million.
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