Quezon City Councilor PM Vargas has vowed to expand and institutionalize the government’s free medicines program for poor families in all government hospitals nationwide in the next Congress.
“Dahil sa epektibong tulong na hatid ng libreng gamot para sa mga mahihirap, kailangan nating siguraduhin na mas maraming Pilipino pa ang magkaroon ng access sa programang ito,” Vargas said.
The Libreng Gamot Para sa Masa Program (LINGAP) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was launched on March 2017 in six hospitals nationwide to provide indigents free access to prescription medicines.
As of June 2018, the program covers 29 hospitals nationwide and has served 64, 778 indigent patients.
Currently, the “Free Medicine for the Poor Bill” is filed in the 18th Congress principally authored by PM’s brother, Rep. Alfred Vargas.
“Hangad natin na mas matulungan pa ang mga mahihirap nating kababayan, lalo na sa ating Distrito sa Quezon City. Ipapanalo natin ang libre at dekalidad na serbisyong pangkalusugan para sa pamilyang Pilipino,” Vargas said.
Under Vargas’ leadership, 12,527 beneficiaries received medical assistance while more than 40,000 free vaccines were provided in QC District 5 with the help of the QC government and private partners.
Councilor Vargas is currently running for congressman to succeed his brother in the Fifth District of Quezon City in the May 9 elections.