BDO Foundation Upgrades Escalante City Rural Health Unit

Residents of Escalante City in Negros Occidental are expected to receive improved health services with the recent rehabilitation of their rural health unit, a project undertaken by BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank. 

The foundation rehabilitated the Escalante City Health Office and Escalante City Maternity Clinic and recently turned over the facilities to the local government and health officials. 

"This is our way of giving back to the community and reaching out to people affected by calamities. Our goal is to help improve the health and well-being of the people, particularly the underprivileged, through better health services," remarked BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, who led the blessing and inauguration of the health office and maternity clinic. 

The event was also attended by BDO Foundation program director Rose Espinosa, BDO Bacolod area head Glenn Birch Ong and BDO Negros Occidental-Escalante branch head Peter Paul Bautista. 

Local government officials represented by Escalante City mayor Eddie Montero, Escalante City vice mayor Manuel Zamora and Escalante City health officer Dr. Lolita Legaspi, M.D. accepted the rehabilitated rural health unit on behalf of the city. 

BDO Foundation improved the health center's offices, clinics, consultation rooms, treatment rooms, breastfeeding station and various facilities. A play area for children complete with books and toys and an area for the comfortable use of senior citizens were also built. Further, the foundation rehabilitated the maternity clinic so that pregnant mothers can be given the best patient care possible. 

According to local officials, the improvements are expected to benefit more than 99,000 individuals from 21 barangays. 

Exclusively funded by BDO Foundation, the project is in keeping with its disaster response advocacy and rehabilitation program in provinces affected by disasters. Negros Occidental is among the many provinces devastated by Typhoon Yolanda. 

BDO Foundation rehabilitated the Escalante City Health Office and Escalante City Maternity Clinic in Negros Occidental as part of efforts to help strengthen the healthcare delivery system in the Philippines particularly in calamity-stricken provinces.