Remember President Duterte's promise to give free medicine to poor families? It is now implemented nationwide.
Non-other Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Judy Taguiwalo confirmed the good news.
Poor families around the country may now avail themselves of free medicines from six government hospital under Libreng Gamot Para Sa Masa (Lingap) program.
This is a replication of Duterte's program when he was a mayor of Davao City.
Here are the six hospitals that are offering free medicines for the indigents
- University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital in Manila
- Jose B. Lingad Memorial Hospital in San Fernando City, Pampanga
- Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo City
- Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City
- Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) in Davao City
- Davao Regional Hospital (DRH) in Tagum City
The program has been given P1 billion from the President's Social Fund.In line with this, Taguiwalo said, Malacanang will increase the budget for the program by P500 million.
If you are indigent who are either confined or receiving in or out-patient treatment from the selected hospitals, you are qualified as beneficiaries.
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- Families or individuals who are indigent, vulnerable, or disadvantaged
- Those in the informal sector and poorly based on the Department of Social Welfare and Development's "Listahanan"
- Those who are in crisis situations based on the assessment of social workers
- Government employees and contract service workers working in the government
- Beneficiaries of soldiers and police who were killed or wounded in the line of duty
- Valid ID (Patient's representatives should also have a valid ID and an authorization letter signed by the patient applying for the benefit) Doctor's prescription issued within the last 3 months (The prescription should contain the license number and contact details of the attending physician)
- Proof of indigencies, such as a barangay certificate or a certification from the medical social service
- As of March 22, there are 948 indigent Filipinos who already availed this benefit.