$7M hospital aid finally signed

ILOILO – The provincial government of Iloilo and the Korea International Cooperative Agency (Koica) finally sealed the deal for US$7-million grant to enhance and improve the services of three remote hospitals here.

Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and Koica resident representative Minhyeon Song inked the Record of Discussion (RoD) governing the Iloilo Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (GIDA) Health System Strengthening Project.

The signing of the RoD took place Wednesday night at Hotel del Rio in Iloilo City and was witnessed by Koica officials, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Iloilo and provincial department heads.

The project aims to improve the the maternal and child health facilities of the Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian, the Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan, and the Dr. Ricardo S. Provido Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Calinog.

It will also support the capabilities of the health personnel of the rural health units of the municipalities of Alimodian, Leon, San Miguel, Bingawan, Balasan, Batad, Estancia and Carles.

Defensor described the assistance as “a testament of true friendship and the common past of South Korea and the Philippines.”

“This is the result of [South] Korea’s gratitude to Filipinos during the Korean War where we sent 2,000 soldiers to help them secure their democracy,” Defensor said.

This group of soldiers were known as the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea that was under the United Nations Command, the military arm of the United Nations during the conflict, he added.

Moreover, Defensor said South Korea’s help is an assurance that “there is a bright hope for better health services to the people of Iloilo, especially for the poor and less privileged”. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)



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