For the very first time ever, a hospital for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) will rise very soon in Pampanga.
An official of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that DOLE will hold a groundbreaking ceremony in Pampanga on Labor Day, May 1, for the first-ever “OFW hospital” in the Philippines that will provide “free services” to overseas Filipino workers.
Labor Undersecretary Ana Dione stressed that the OFW hospital is the concept of Secretary Silvestre Bello III. He aims at providing various free services for migrant workers, as well as their families and dependents, “in grateful recognition of their contribution to the growth of the economy.” Indeed, OFWs send millions of dollars of remittances every month which has an impact on Philippine economy.
Dione reiterates “This is the concept of our Secretary Bello. The launch and groundbreaking of this hospital is on May 1. This will provide our OFWs and their dependents free hospital and other medical services.”
She said the hospital is exclusively for OFW and their dependents. The plan is aimed at providing them with the basic services like laboratory exams, medical certificates and other basic requirements for those applying for work overseas.
This is going to be a very big project and the finances will come from donations from wealthy people and organizations here and abroad and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), with support and assistance from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
The construction is expected to be completed in less than two years and will be operational immediately after completion of requisite documentation. The government of Pampanga donated the property where the hospital will be built.
Secretary Bello will announce other relevant details and the services that will be offered on its launching and groundbreaking ceremonies on May 1. – LMI
Source: Hong Kong News