SM Foundation to rehabilitate Tacloban hospital

Posted at 04/23/14 12:26 PM

Tacloban City Mayor Alfred Romualdez; Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery Sec. Panfilo Lacson Sr.; SM Investments Corporation Vice Chair Teresita Sy- Coson; SM Foundation, Inc. Executive Director for Health and Medical Programs Connie Angeles; and Department of Health Undersecretary Dr. Teodoro Herbosa sign a memorandum of agreement for the repair of Tacloban City Hospital.

MANILA, Philippines - The SM group's foundation will undertake the rehabilitation of the Tacloban City Hospital.

The SM Foundation Inc. and the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) have signed a memorandum of agreement for the rehabilitation of the hospital.

The SM Foundation has already started rehabilitation efforts at the hospital last March 21, with the Out-Patient Department (OPD).

It will also expand and relocate the hospital’s Emergency Room to accommodate more patients.

It will also build a wellness center in the out-patient department to be called Felicidad Sy Wellness Center for Children and Elderly, as well as a malnutrition ward. It will also provide basic hospital equipment.

The target date for the completion of the entire Tacloban City Hospital is June 2014.

The hospital serves 138 barangays with an average daily consultation of about 100 patients before "Yolanda" hit last November.

SM Foundation and BDO Foundation will also undertake the repairs of 10 rural health units in various provinces in Visayas and in Mindanao.

These RHUs are the Tolosa Rural Health Unit, Leyte; Western Samar Rural Health Unit, Basey; Ajuy Rural Health Unit, Iloilo; Northern Cebu Rural Health Unit, Bogo City, Cebu; Capiz Rural Health Unit; Aklan Rural Health Unit; Antique Rural Health Unit; Zamboanga Rural Health Unit; Butuan Rural Health Unit, Agusan del Norte; and La Trinidad Health Unit, Benguet.

The project will also be complemented by Medical Missions in the Yolanda-stricken areas in Leyte, Iloilo, and Cebu apart from the SM Foundation Mobile Clinic that will be sent to these areas to provide free medical check-ups and consultations, medicines, laboratory procedures.