HEALTHCARE | Staff Reporter, Philippines

Hospital for Filipino migrant workers to complete in 2021

The hospital aims to provide free medical services to overseas Filipino workers.

The construction of a hospital for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) in Pampanga, Philippines remains on track for completion in 2021, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said on 23 November.

The quarantine measures imposed to control the outbreak caused delays, but construction stays on schedule. “There were stoppages in construction works but the hospital for our migrant workers would still be finished next year,” Bello said in a press release.

Originally set for completion in April next year, the hospital can still be finished by December 2021, builders of the project assured.

Aside from the Pampanga provincial government and the Department of Labor and Employment, the Department of Health, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor), and the Bloomberry Cultural Foundation are also involved in the project.

Once completed, the hospital will provide OFWs free medical services, including medical certificates covering laboratory exams and other requirements for their overseas deployment.

Earlier, it was agreed that Pagcor would donate P200 million for the acquisition and installation of equipment and facilities for the hospital whilst Bloomberry Cultural Foundation would shoulder the construction cost.

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