Foundations of the Sy Group renovate health center in Benguet

The La Trinidad Main Health Center in Benguet, which caters to 16 barangays, has been renovated and accredited with PhilHealth for its out-patient benefit package (OPB). This means that the 21,425 households comprising these barangays can now avail of treatment in the Health Center. Thanks to SM Foundation and BDO Foundation who undertook the complete renovation, quality health service is brought to these communities.

In photo (left): Interior of the La Trinidad Main Health Center (right) Benguet celebrates the opening of the La Trinidad Main Health Center with a Cultural Presentation

In the past, the Rural Health Unit of La Trinidad (RHU-La Trinidad), the principal workplace of the present-day Municipal Health Services Office was formerly called the La Trinidad Dispensary located in Poblacion, La Trinidad, Benguet, Mt. Province. Benguet was formerly a sub-province of Mt. Province until June 18, 1966, with the enactment of RA 4695, creating the provinces of Benguet, Mountain Province, Ifugao and Kalinga-Apayao.

In July 16, 1990, the Rural Health Unit was devastated by an earthquake that rocked the whole of Luzon. RHU services continued at temporary tents installed at the Provincial Capitol grounds. Soon, reconstruction was promptly undertaken in 1991. Due to the need to further renovate the building, the clinic was temporarily transferred to the Home Economics Building of the La Trinidad Central School. The RHU had been renovated and refurbished several times from 1997 to 1998

Today the SM Foundation and BDO Foundation renovated Health Center, which serves 100 patients a day, has a laboratory, dental room, treatment area, consultation area, Family planning room, prenatal/postnatal room, immunization area, cold chain storage area, an FTS Wellness Center for Children and the Elderly.