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(L-R) SM Prime Holdings vice president Marissa Fernan, Cebu City councilor Margot Osmeña, SM Foundation executive director on Health & Medical programs Connie Angeles, Cebu City councilor and Deputy Mayor for Health Hon. Mary Ann delos Santos and SM Foundation trustee Chito Macapagal.

SM Foundation renovates 1st Cebu City barangay health service unit

Lahug, Cebu City – In pursuit of its commitment to provide quality and excellent health services to the community it serves, the SM Foundation undertook the renovation of the Lahug Health Center to better address the health concerns of the residents of Brgy. Lahug.

The newly refurbished center houses an activity center for children, a lounge for the elderly, dental clinic, doctor’s consultation rooms, labor and recovery rooms, a pharmacy ) medicine storage area), nurses and midwives’ station, reception and waiting area, TB DOTS Center and Birthing Center to conform with Philhealth’s requirements for accreditation.

This is the 1st barangay health service unit established among the 80 barangays of the city of Cebu. It caters to 39,573 families in 48 sitios, the biggest barangay in the city. Its renovation and improvement showcased a strong and cordial public-private partnership in the pursuit of a healthy community.

Speaking during the inauguration and turnover ceremony, Cebu City’s Deputy Mayor for Health Hon. Mary Ann Delos Santos said that “a collaborative social participation by the private sectors such as SM Foundation can make a significant difference in the quality of life by raising the people’s awareness to health.”

It will be recalled that the Barangay Health Center was built through the efforts of former Supreme Court Justice Marcelo Fernan, a beloved son of Cebu. More than four decades later, the renovation was facilitated with the help of SM Prime Holdings, Inc. Vice President Marissa Fernan, daughter of the former Chief Justice.

The Lahug Health Center was upgraded into a main health center and is now considered a one-stop shop to house the 1st ever established Barangay Behavioral Health Unit (BBHU) pursuant to an ordinance sponsored by Delos Santos. The Barangay Behavioral Health Unit will address the behavioral related causes of problems in drugs, suicides, depression, domestic violence, and family conflicts, among others.

The Center, which is the 132nd Wellness Center so far of the SM Foundation is also the 36th improved community center nationwide.

Delos Santos thanked SM Foundation for its generosity—an inspiration not just for other big corporations and businesses but also civic organizations and individuals. “Everything was done and undertaken at no cost whatsoever on the part of the barangay and our Cebu City government,” Delos Santos said.

The inauguration and formal turnover of the improved two-storey center gathered representatives from the local government unit led by City Councilor Margot Osmena & wife of Mayor Tommy Osmena, Hon. Mary Ann Delos Santos, Deputy Mayor for Health of Cebu City, Hazel Ann Muana Empleo, Brgy. Councilor for Health & Alice Marie Aycardo, Asst. Health Office & OIC of the Lahug Health Center. Marissa Fernan, Vice President of SM Prime Holdings, Renato Leduna & Mesdames Kristine Sena & Teresa Mempin represented SM City, Cebu & SM Supermalls while SM Foundation trustee & Head of Communications Affairs, Ramon “Chito” Macapagal, Trustee of SM Foundation and Head of Corporate Affairs of SMIC & Connie Angeles, ,Senior Vice President & Executive Director for Health and Medical Programs came in behalf of the Foundation.

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