As part of its contributions to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no. 3 to ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being of all people at all ages, BDO Foundation continued to rehabilitate rural health units (RHUs) in underserved communities across the country.
The corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank recently completed the rehabilitation of Agoncillo Health Center and San Luis RHU II in Batangas, Sibonga Municipal Health Office in Cebu, and Rural Health Unit Buenavista and Tubigon Municipal Health Office in Bohol. The foundation has successfully upgraded 131 health centers since 2012.
The corporate citizenship initiative is in line with the foundation’s advocacy to help improve the healthcare delivery system in the country. The program is made possible by officers of BDO and BDO Network Bank branches, who recommend health centers that need assistance.
Guided by municipal health officers, BDO Foundation improved the aforementioned health centers’ layout and interior design, lobbies and waiting areas, offices, birthing clinics, consultation and treatment rooms, facilities, furniture and fixtures. Using available space, the foundation also built play areas for children.
With the projects completed, health workers are now better equipped to provide primary and maternal healthcare services to their constituents. BDO Foundation’s projects in Batangas, Bohol and Cebu are expected to benefit more than 192,000 people in 126 barangays.
“There are no words to express our happiness,” Agoncillo municipal health officer Dr. Richard Landicho shared. “We are happy that we will be able to serve our patients in a facility that promotes their healing and well-being. We are truly grateful to BDO Foundation for renovating our rural health unit, enabling us to continue our health programs and helping our community.”