BDO Foundation rehabs La Union health and birthing centers
San Gabriel, La Union–For San Gabriel, the largest municipality in La Union in terms of land area, healthcare has always been a top priority. Seven years ago, local government leaders rebuilt the town’s small health center into a much larger, two-storey rural health unit capable of providing high-quality services to patients.
They also built a birthing center complete with new facilities so that mothers giving birth have access to the best care possible.
Moreover, they constructed a barangay health station for indigenous peoples and farmers living in far-flung areas.
These and other accomplishments earned the town the title of champion for health governance conferred by an award-giving body.
After several years, the health centers already needed some repair and renovation due to regular wear and tear and the town’s growing population.
But due to limited resources, local officials could not afford the needed improvements. “This is why we are very grateful to BDO Foundation. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for rehabilitating San Gabriel Rural Health Unit and Birthing Clinic as well as Lipay Proper Barangay Health Station and Birthing Clinic,” San Gabriel Sangguniang Bayan committee on health chairman Councilor Divina Daligues-Velasco said.
“You made our health centers so beautiful and comfortable. You helped us take care of the health and well-being of our people. With the project completed, BDO is now a part of the lives of the people of San Gabriel,” the former mayor and municipal health officer remarked at the turn over of the rural health units.
The newly rehabilitated rural health units in La Union were turned over to local officials in an event led by BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, BDO Foundation program director Rose Espinosa and BDO North Western Luzon area head Apolinario Aquino, together with officers of BDO and One Network Bank branches in the province.
BDO Foundation improved the layout and interior design of the health centers, their facilities, lobbies and waiting areas, offices, clinics and treatment rooms.
The foundation also constructed spaces where children can read books and play as well as waiting lounges for the comfortable use of senior citizens. New furniture and fixtures were also installed.
With these improvements in place, the town’s health workers are now better equipped to provide primary and maternal health services to more than 23,000 people in 21 barangays.
The two health centers are the latest renovated by BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, as part of ongoing efforts to help improve the healthcare delivery system in the Philippines.
BDO Foundation has rehabilitated more than 70 rural health units all over the Philippines, the latest of which are San Gabriel Rural Health Unit and Birthing Clinic, and Lipay Proper Barangay Health Station and Birthing Clinic, both in San Gabriel, La Union.