The Department of Labor and Employment has promised a P550-million hospital for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) that would rise in San Fernando, Pampanga and it would be equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and facilities.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on Sunday the acquisition and installation of the facilities for the DoLE-OFW hospital and diagnostics center would be bankrolled by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) and the Bloomberry Cultural Foundation Inc. of business tycoon Enrique Razon.
Pagcor allotted P150 million, which will be used for the purchase of modern equipment, while Bloomberry would shell out P400 million to shoulder the construction of the hospital building.
The groundbreaking for the project, which will be constructed on a two-hectare property in Barangay Sindalan, was held on Labor Day.
The hospital is expected to be completed in 18 months. Once operational, it will be managed by the Department of Health.
“This hospital is in recognition of the valuable contribution of our modern-day heroes, the overseas Filipino workers, in the growth of our economy. This will serve as among the legacies that President [Rodrigo] Duterte can leave behind for our OFWs,” Bello said.
Overseas Workers Welfare Administration Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said a memorandum of understanding among concerned government agencies and other stakeholders for the construction and operation of the hospital was being finalized.