Driven by its mission to help improve the health and well-being of underserved Filipinos especially during the pandemic, BDO Foundation continued to rehabilitate health facilities in economically disadvantaged communities across the country. Despite logistical limitations and travel restrictions caused by COVID-19, the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank recently renovated six rural health units in three provinces.
The foundation rehabilitated Santiago Rural Health Unit, Sinait Municipal Health Office and San Juan Rural Health Unit in Ilocos Sur; La Castellana Municipal Health Office and Ilog Rural Health Unit and Birthing Facility in Negros Occidental; and Rural Health Unit Placer in Surigao del Norte.
BDO Foundation has successfully upgraded 117 health centers since the start of the rehabilitation program in 2012. This year alone, it has turned over 17 rural health units. The corporate citizenship initiative gains significance as rural health units play a key role in efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Rural health units provide free antigen testing and help implement the vaccination programs of local government units.
The rehabilitation program is in line with BDO Foundation’s advocacy to help improve the healthcare delivery system in the Philippines. It is the foundation’s contribution 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. The initiative is made possible by BDO and BDO Network Bank branches, which 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, pharmacies, birthing clinics, consultation and treatment rooms, facilities, furniture and fixtures. Using available space, it constructed play areas for children, breastfeeding stations for nursing mothers and waiting lounges for the comfortable use of the elderly.
With the projects in Ilocos Sur, Negros Occidental and Surigao del Norte completed, health workers are now better equipped to provide primary healthcare services to their constituents. The rehabilitation of the six health centers is expected to benefit more than 240,000 people in 148 barangays.
“Thank you for this early Christmas gift,” said Dr. Rachelle Jean Sanchez, municipal health officer of Placer in Surigao del Norte. “Our staff will be more motivated to work. Our patients will be in a better environment. They will benefit from the improved healthcare services we can offer. On behalf of the Placernons, I would like to express our gratitude to BDO Foundation for finding ways for us amid this pandemic.”
About BDO Foundation
BDO Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank. Founded in 2008, the foundation aims to contribute to nation-building by addressing the needs of underserved sectors of society through its disaster response and financial inclusion advocacies. Supported by the BDO Unibank community and in partnership with local government units and non-governmental organizations, BDO Foundation mounts relief operations, rehabilitates rural health units, constructs school buildings, implements financial education programs and undertakes COVID-19 response programs across the country. Its corporate citizenship initiatives have been recognized at the Retail Banking Awards of Asian Banking & Finance magazine and Asia Responsible Enterprise Awards of Enterprise Asia. For more information, visit www.bdo.com.ph/foundation/home, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 8840-7000 local 36046.
[Article submitted by Lawrence Kasman, BDO Foundation, Inc.]