MANILA, Philippines — The Office of the President has pooled 200 million pesos in cash assistance to the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC) as part of its commitment to prioritize the health sector in the country, Malaca.notang said on Wednesday.
Thanks to this donation, the POC can now accommodate more than 600 patients a day, in accordance with the Universal Health Care Act, according to a statement issued by the Presidential Office of Communications (PCO).
In the same statement, the head of the POC medical center, Dr. Jose Pujalte Jr., said the financial aid would support the operations of the main orthopedic center in the country, which has been in operation since the 1940s.
“To achieve true universal health care, we need the confluence of a leader’s vision, the dedication and expertise of health workers, and the necessary means,” said Pujalte.
“For sick, injured and crippled orthopedic Filipinos: that time has come,” he added.
Pujalte said the cash aid would also enable the POC to upgrade its hospital by procuring state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.
According to Pujalte, this aid shows the commitment of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to guarantee the well-being of orthopedic patients, as promised during his second State of the Nation address.
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