PCSO grants P3M for foundation programs

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Thursday, April 12, 2012


BACOLOR -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) signed Wednesday a deal with the Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) for the granting of a P3 million assistance fund for various medical operations here.

PCSO Chair Margarita Juico signed the memorandum of agreement with KDF president Benigno Ricafort at the Jose A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC), flanked by members of the KDF board and partner organizations.

The agreement aims to provide assistance to some 820 patients of the KDF that will be given free cataract, cleft palate, harelip surgeries, among others.

Last year, PCSO gave the KDF P2 million to finance medical operations under the PCSO’s special projects fund.

Juico said the PSCO is proud to be of help to the foundation and its service partners.

She said the fund will enable KDF to shoulder the many expenses for medicines and materials for the various operations being conducted by KDF.

KDF president Ricafort said the fund will enable the fast conduct of surgeries for hundreds of patients here.

He also bared plans to have the JADMC, the service hospital of the KDF, accredited under the PCSO to further expand services being offered to indigents here.

KDF is an organization of Kapampangans who live outside of the region, yearning to do their share in its social and economic development.

It boasts of a continuing prosthesis program that gives artificial legs to Pampanga amputees, wheelchairs and medical-surgical missions to amputees.

The foundation has recently expanded its programs to include free cataract, cleft palate and harelip surgeries to indigents. The KDF also hosts a birthing clinic at the JADMC.

The JADMC is the base of operation of KDF and its partner service organizations.

The facility is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Jesus A. Datu, who devoted a great part of his life to organizing medical missions for indigent Kapampangans and donating a part of his resources for the construction of a medical hospital.

Datu died of pancreatic cancer in 2008. His family later visited their roots here and constructed the JADMC in a 1,750-square-meter land using the life savings of their patriarch.

It was Datu's dying wish that a hospital dedicated to the poor be constructed in this town. Currently, the hospital is being managed by the Love for Life Foundation, the Datu Angeles David Memorial (DADMF) Foundation, JADMC, and the KDF. (Ian Ocampo Flora)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 12, 2012.

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