BACOLOR -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) called on supporters and donors Tuesday to help upgrade the Jose A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC) here.

KDF Trustee Sylvia Ordonez said the upgrading would greatly help in the full operation of the public hospital that would cater to the health needs of indigents and those under the KDF health and surgery programs.

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

Currently, the hospital is being managed by the Love for Life Foundation (LLF), the Datu Angeles David Memorial (DADMF) Foundation, JADMC and the KDF through a memorandum of agreement signed late last year.

"Kindly help us. We appeal for help from the kindhearted readers of Sun.Star to help KDF in the JADMC renovation of the Emergency Room, Pharmacy and the Operating Rooms as well as the construction of the ramp to conform to a Level 2 specialty hospital category," Ordonez said.

KDF was able to gather funding support from donors like the Arellano University (P100,000), KDF Co-Chair Roy Navarro (P100,000), Rene Romero (P20,000), Ely Narciso (P10,000), Mar Gatus (P10,000), Josefina Tuazon (P5,000), Board Member Ric Yabut (P5,000 and 50 bags of cement and 2 truckloads of sand), Pita and Olivier Motte (US$23,000).

Total amount of collected and pledged donation is at approximately P285,000.

Donors may forward their donations through the KDF office inside Clark Freeport.