MANILA, Philippines – Almost 9 months after the onslaught of Typhoon Yolanda, rehabilitation of damaged health facilities and restoration of vital health services in affected areas remain a top priority.
In this light, the Metrobank Group through GT-Metro Foundation (GTMF), the family foundation of Metrobank Group Chairman Dr. George S.K. Ty, signed a memorandum of agreement with Plan International – Philippines on August 13, 2014 at the Metrobank Plaza to signify its partnership for the rehabilitation of health facilities.
GTMF and Plan will build three health stations with birthing facilities in Palo, Leyte; and Mercedes and Guiuan, Eastern Samar. As an added feature of the Department of Health (DOH)-compliant health stations, disaster-resilient elements will be included in the design and planning of the stations.
GTMF has allocated over P6 million for the construction of the health stations that will be complemented by a P1.6 million contribution from Plan, which will manage the projects.
GTMF Deputy Executive Director Nicanor L. Torres, Jr. considered the undertaking as Metrobank Group’s contribution to restoring access to health services, especially to pregnant mothers and their newborn babies.
The World Health Organization estimated that some 220,000 pregnant mothers will give birth within the year and about 70,000 newborn babies are in need of care in Yolanda-affected areas.
“As a foundation that is primarily into implementing health programs for disadvantaged communities, we see how a lack in working health facilities may reverse the gains that have been achieved in curbing maternal and infant mortalities in challenging areas,” said Mr. Torres.
Each health station will be fully equipped to meet the basic health needs of up to 900 families residing in three to six adjacent barangays and cater to about 10-15 births per month.
Aside from the health stations, the Metrobank Group will build 25 classrooms in eight schools and complete the turnover of 500 fishing boats in various Yolanda-affected areas in the Visayas. –Rappler.com
GT-Metro Foundation, Inc. (GTMF) is a non-profit organization that serves as the family foundation of the Ty Family. Established in 2009, GTMF commits to serve the community through programs for health and the environment, as well as through its legacy projects, grant making activities, and disaster response initiatives. Visit www.facebook.com/gtmetro for more information.
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