As part of its ongoing efforts to help improve the healthcare delivery system in the Philippines, BDO Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank, has rehabilitated two rural health units in the province of Sorsogon—Sorsogon West District Health Office and Gubat Rural Health Unit.
Sorsogon West District Health Office in Tugos was inaugurated and turned over in 2017. At the recent turn over of the health center in the first-class municipality of Gubat, rural health physician Dr. Anthony Lelis lauded the foundation’s advocacy to empower health workers to deliver patient care more efficiently. According to the doctor, he and his staff are now better equipped to realize their vision of good health for all Gubatnons.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank BDO Foundation for choosing our rural health unit as a beneficiary of your rehabilitation program for health centers,” Dr. Lelis said in his speech. “To my colleagues in public health, thank you very much for your dedicated service to the patients in your respective villages. Remember, there is strength in unity. Together, we can do things better.”
Dr. Lelis graciously accepted the newly rehabilitated Gubat Rural Health Unit and its birthing home together with local officials. The project is a public-private partnership of the local government of Gubat led by mayor Sharon Rose Escoto and the office of Sorsogon 2nd district representative Deogracias Ramos Jr.
The rural health unit was officially turned over to local government officials by BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, BDO Bicol area head Jovi Alvarez, BDO Sorsogon City branch head Manny Gutlay and BDO Sorsogon-Primark J.P. Rizal branch head Matt Nuñez. BDO branches and employee volunteers actively participate in the foundation’s corporate citizenship projects nationwide.
BDO Foundation renovated Gubat Rural Health Unit’s overall structure, lobby and waiting areas, offices, nurses’ room, pharmacy, dental clinic, laboratory and other facilities. The foundation improved its birthing facilities so that mothers are afforded the best patient care possible. An activity area for children and waiting lounge for senior citizens were also installed.
A catchment population of more than 50,000 people from 42 barangays stands to benefit from these improvements. The health center averages around 800 patients and as many as 20 births per month.
Gubat Rural Health Unit is one of more than 60 health centers rehabilitated so far by BDO Foundation in economically disadvantaged and disaster-stricken provinces all over the country. Sorsogon was severely affected by Typhoon Nona back in December 2015.