A ONE-STOP shop — with manpower from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and the Davao City local government — has been opened across the government-run Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC), which caters mainly to the Davao Region population. “The one-stop-shop will make it easier for indigent patients (both from the city and neighboring towns) as they no longer need to go from one office to another to get medical assistance from the various local and national government offices,” Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said during last week’s launch. The center is an offshoot of the city’s Lingap Para sa Mahirap program that provides health support services to city residents. Ms. Duterte-Carpio said the one-stop shop will later transfer to a bigger office, currently under construction with a P20-million budget, located inside the SPMC compound. — Carmencita A. Carillo