Iloilo hospital aid deal signed-A A +A
Thursday, October 31, 2013
THE Provincial Government of Iloilo and the Korea International Cooperative Agency (Koica) have sealed the deal for US$7-million grant (P302,470,000) to enhance and improve the services of three remote hospitals in the province.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and Koica representative Minhyeon Song signed Wednesday the Record of Discussion (ROD) governing the Iloilo Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Area (Gida) Health System Strengthening project.
The project aims to improve 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.
The project 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 said the assistance is “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.
The group of soldiers was 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.
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.” (PR)