The camp of Davao del Norte First District Rep. Pantaleon Alvarez slammed the province’s Malasakit Center, saying it is a duplication of the congressman’s medical program.
The video of Garcia interview posted in the Facebook account of Agaw Jun at noon of Sept. 28, was pulled down hours later after this post was published
Rose Garcia, chief of staff of Alvarez’s Davao del Norte congressional office, said the Malasakit Center of Capitol is being used as political capital by Governor Anthony del Rosario.
The governor earlier said that the Malasakit Center is in line with the medical program of President Rodrigo Duterte to assist the poorest of the poor in their medical needs.
Garcia said the Malasakit Center of the Davao del Norte Capitol is a mere duplication of what the office of Alvarez has already been doing.
The office of Gov. del Rosario deplored the statement from a key personnel of Alvarez’s office for “insulting” President Duterte’s medical program.
Garcia belittled the Malasakit Center of Davao del Norte during an interview on Friday, September 28, in Babak in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) where the office of Alvarez held one of its weekly medical mission.
She said Malasakit Center is an “original concept” of Alvarez.
Garcia’s comment should not sit well with Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
SAP Go said the Malasakit Centers were put up by the Office of the President to serve the public and not for publicity.
The center is a program initiated by the President to serve as a one-stop shop for the poor, particularly the senior citizens and persons with disability seeking aid on medical bills, as well as free medicines and health services, according to SAP at the launch of the Malasakit Centers at the Philippine General Hospital on September 13.
The Malasakit Centers to be established nationwide with an initial fund of P100 million will be coordinated with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, the Department of Health, PhilHealth, and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.