Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim’s Ayudang Medikal Mula sa Bangsamoro Government (AMBAG) Program has earmarked P10 million for poor and indigent Moro people who will seek medical assistance in Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC).
“It will cater primarily poor and indigent patients, and those who find difficulty in paying their hospital bills,” said AMBAG head Mohd Asnin Pendatun.
Since its official roll out in November last year, the program has partnered with 10 hospitals across the region and one in Davao Region.
The SPMC is the first hospital outside the Bangsamoro region where the AMBAG Program has been made available.
Pendatun, who is also the cabinet secretary, said the program has already assisted 8,552 patients as of September—some of whom were the victims of twin bombings in Jolo, Sulu in August and victims of mortar shelling in Datu Saudi Ampatuan, Maguindanao in May.
Pendatun added that patients of Catholic faith and the indigenous peoples can be a beneficiary of the program.
“Non-Moros can also avail of this program, especially if they are residents of the region,” Pendatun said.
AMBAG is Ebrahim’s flagship program designed to help indigent patients receive full medical assistance.