Newly Rehabilitated Pangasinan Health Center Unveiled

A new and improved rural health unit in Pangasinan was recently reopened, ready to deliver primary healthcare services more efficiently to patients including mothers and babies, children, senior citizens and persons with disability. Bugallon Rural Health Unit I and Birthing Facility, which recently underwent rehabilitation, was unveiled to the public in an event attended by local government officials.

The inauguration of the health center was witnessed by Bugallon mayor Jumel Anthony Espino and municipal health officer Dr. Jose Isidro Rico, who thanked BDO Foundation for rehabilitating the town's health center. 

According to Dr. Rico, "Our rural health unit was damaged by typhoons in 2016 and 2017. We hoped and dreamed for a better workplace and better access to quality healthcare for our patients. When BDO Foundation offered to rehabilitate our rural health unit, we welcomed the engagement. Our staff was excited." 

"On behalf of the people of Bugallon, our sincerest appreciation to our good Samaritan, BDO Foundation. The rehabilitation of our rural health unit empowers our constituents and helps us become more responsive to the healthcare needs of the people, especially the poor and marginalized," he added. 

The structure was turned over to local government and health officials by BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, BDO North Central Luzon area head Rosette Tinio and BDO Pangasinan-Lingayen branch head Malou Mendoza. BDO branches, 14 of which are located in Pangasinan, support the rehabilitation program of BDO Foundation. 

Through its rehabilitation program, the foundation helps improve the delivery of primary healthcare services all over the country. The corporate citizenship initiative is in line with its disaster response advocacy and long-term rehabilitation program for provinces marginalized by calamities. 

BDO Foundation improved Bugallon Rural Health Unit I's lobby and waiting areas, offices for doctors and nurses, dental clinic, pharmacy, TB DOTS area, storage areas, furniture and fixtures, among other facilities. The health center's consultation, treatment, conference, pre-natal, labor and delivery rooms were significantly improved. 

The corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank also built a breastfeeding station, a play area complete with books and toys for children, and a waiting lounge for the comfortable use of senior citizens. 

The improvements in the health center are expected to benefit a population of more than 36,000 people residing in 11 barangays. Established back in 1991, Bugallon Rural Health Unit I averages as many as 25 child births per month.