In line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s decree to provide free medicines to indigents and to needy government workers, Lingap Para sa Masa Program was launched having a budget of P1 billion pesos to be sourced from the Socio-Civic Projects Fund of the Office of the President.
According to the memo released by the Department of Social Welfare and Development which is tasked to be the implementing agency of the launched program, Lingap sa Masa will be implemented at identified hospitals where patient needing prescription medicines will be assessed and provided assistance via the issuance of guarantee letters for the purchase of medicine from hospital pharmacies or from partnered drug stores.
Lingap sa Masa is a program distinct and separate from the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS). Thus, any patient who has received medical assistance for the same purpose under AICS will not be eligible under Lingap para sa Masa Program, and vice-versa.
Who can avail this program?
- patients who are currently confined or currently receiving treatment or rehabilitation after consultation or checkup from identified hospitals or doctors of the identifies hospitals
- indigent patients
What do you need to avail the program?
- valid ID of the patient
thru representative: valid ID of the representative and authorization letter w/ signature of the patient
- prescription from the Doctor; with date, name of the patient and signature form the doctor
- proof of indigency; barangay certificate of indigency or certification issued by the medical social service of identified hospital
Term of the program?
- once in three (3) months, unless supported by justification based on need, urgency and other factors
Identified Hospital under Lingap sa Masa Program:
- 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
DSWD Social Workers are assigned to the identified hospitals shall provide assistance eight (8) hours a day, five (5) days a week.