Davaoeños welcome rehabilitation of health centers by BDO Foundation



Local government leaders, health officials and residents of Davao City graciously welcomed the reopening of two rural health units recently rehabilitated by BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank.

At the blessing and inauguration of Agdao Health Center and Jacinto Health Center, Davao City mayor Sara Duterte led local officials in sending a message of gratitude to BDO Foundation for supporting the city government's efforts to help improve the health and well-being of Davaoeños. "Thank you for thinking of Davao City. You have been very helpful. Due to the big land area and population of the city, we really need the help of partners particularly in the private sector," the mayor remarked.

"Our rural health units are very important in catching health problems at an early stage. Our health centers are also very helpful in addressing the outbreak of diseases in communities and making sure that the health services of the city government are accessible to the public," she said.

The newly rehabilitated Agdao Health Center and Jacinto Health Center were turned over to local government officials in inaugural ceremonies led by BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito and BDO Foundation program director Rose Espinosa. They were joined by BDO Mindanao region head Beth Estrada, One Network Bank (ONB) president Tonet Itchon and the managers of BDO and ONB branches in Davao City. There are more than 40 BDO and ONB branches in the city. ONB is the rural bank subsidiary of BDO.

Also in attendance at the inauguration were Davao City 2nd district congresswoman Mylene Garcia-Albano, city administrator Zuleika Lopez, councilor Mary Joselle Villafuerte, city health officer Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, Department of Health regional director OIC Dr. Annabelle Yumang and the rural health physicians of the district of Agdao and Barangay Jacinto.

As a result of the rehabilitation of Agdao Health Center and its birthing home, more than 114,000 residents living in 11 barangays in the district now have access to better primary and maternal healthcare services. Over 33,000 people from 10 barangays stand to benefit from the renovation of the two-storey Jacinto Health Center.

BDO Foundation significantly improved both health centers' reception and waiting areas, offices, consultation and treatment rooms, laboratory, pharmacy and dental clinic, among others. New furniture and fixtures were installed. In addition to its existing facilities, a breastfeeding station, activity area for children and waiting lounge for senior citizens were also built.

The foundation is currently rehabilitating another rural health unit in the town of Toril in Davao City set for completion in September.