DAVAO CITY -- Patients at the state-owned Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) availing of the government’s medical assistance will no longer shuttle from one city gpvernment office to another after the one-stop-shop for Lingap sa Bayan formally opens Monday to serve the public.
“The one-stop-shop will make it easier for indigent patients because they no longer need to go from one office to another to get medical assistance,” Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said.
The one-stop-shop does not only serve patients from Davao City but also those from other provinces, towns and cities in Mindanao.
Launched on Saturday, government and hospital officials led by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, the Lingap sa Bayan one-stop-shop at the SPMC houses the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and the City Social Services and development Office which runs the Lingap sa Mahirap program of the city government.
The city government’s services available at SPMC include medical assistance for medicines, medical supplies, hospital bills, laboratory request for ultrasound, radiology (CT- Scan & X-Ray), vasectomy and tubal ligation assistance, and other special cases. The city also provides financial assistance for funeral and burial.
Medical and financial assistance under the Lingap sa Mahirap program has been offered by the city government since the first term of then-mayor now President Rodrigo Duterte. The program is continued by Mayor Sara.
Putting all agencies offering medical assistance would not only provide convenience to patients but also ensure there is no duplication in the beneficiaries and support.
It was learned that the city’s Lingap sa Mahirap has an allocation about PHP170 million. PNA
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