The OFW will now have their first ever Hospital and Diagnostic Center where their family can avail their medical needs. The groundbreaking was held in Pampanga. The project is seen to be completed within two years.
Among the people who led the said groundbreaking include Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello, House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Governor Lilia Pineda. The site is a two-hectare lot owned by the provincial government of Pampanga at the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) compound, Barangay Sindalan, this city.
House Speaker Macapagal-Arroyo said that the project is a brainchild of Governor Pineda.
“Because health is the governor’s priority, the lot worth PHP500 million is donated by the provincial government of Pampanga for the construction of the hospital,” Arroyo said.
The construction costs PHP400 million which will be shouldered by business mogul Enrique Anselmo Klar Razon Jr. of Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation(PAGCOR), chaired by Andrea Domingo, will provide the medical equipment with an estimated cost of PHP200 million, with full support from the Department of Labor and Employment(DOLE), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration(OWWA), Department of Health and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
Arroyo also called in Central Luzon solons to create a bill that would provide funds for the hospital’s operation and maintenance.