SM Foundation and BDO Foundation inaugurates Tagbilaran City Main Health Center
To further strengthen its commitment in bringing quality health service to the less privileged communities, SM Foundation has inaugurated its first SM-assisted health center in Tagbilaran City after the 2013 earthquake in Bohol. This project is also the Foundation’s 7th health center renovated in partnership with the BDO Foundation and its 88th Felicidad T. Sy (FTS) Wellness Center to date.
Connie Angeles, SM Foundation’s Executive Director for Health, said that the Tagbilaran Main Health Center will be offering a wide range of medical services for the residents of Bohol. “The health center will have a laboratory, dental room, treatment area, consultation area, family planning room, prenatal and postnatal room, immunization area, and Tuberculosis-Directly Observed Treatment Strategy (TB-DOTS) Room. Aside from these, an FTS Wellness Center ward for the Children and the Elderly has also been constructed. The newly-renovated health center likewise offers 3-in-1 PhilHealth accreditation for TB-DOTS, Out-Patient Benefit, and Maternity Care package services.”
The Tagbilaran City Health Center serves 103,383 residents in 15 nearby barangays. Last year, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck Bohol leaving 21 people injured and 4 dead, at the same time causing major damage to infrastructures around the city including the seaport, airport, the city hall, churches, and the Tagbilaran City Main Health Center.
“The Foundation will continue to bring help to where it is needed,” Angeles added. “In line with this, the Foundation is also strengthening its Yolanda Rehabilitation Program by identifying 10 rural health centers which will be renovated this year.”
These health centers include the Tolosa Rural Health Unit in Leyte; Western Samar Rural Health Unit in Basey; Ajuy Rural Health Unit in Iloilo; Northern Cebu Rural Health Unit in Bogo City, Cebu; Capiz Rural Health Unit; Aklan Rural Health Unit; Antique Rural Health Unit; Zamboanga Rural Health Unit; Butuan Rural Health Unit in Agusan del Norte; and La Trinidad Health Unit in Benguet.