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PIA Press Release
2008/07/09

PGMA's enhanced healthcare services get big boost from private sector

Manila (9 July) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's thrust of delivering enhanced healthcare services to all, especially the poor, got its much-needed support from the Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC) with the inauguration tomorrow morning of the AUFMC- Dr. Evangelina Macaraeg-Macapagal Medical Tower.

The President has always stressed the need for an active partnership between the government and various sectors to provide a better life for all Filipinos.

This time, the AUFMC, through its Indigency Program that has so far served 62,000 indigent patients since its establishment in 1990, will further be expanded with the Medical Tower.

No less than the President will lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the first five storeys of the P330-million (minus the furniture and medical equipment), 11-storey expansion project of the AUFMC.

The project is set to be completed by February 2010, "before the President bows out of office," according to AUFMC President and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Emmanuel Y. Angeles.

The President will also unveil the portrait of Dona Eva, the President's mother who was a medical doctor by profession.

"Dona Eva is the wife of Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal and the mother of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Diosdado, Jr. A medical doctor by profession, Dona Eva founded many health and education centers for the poor throughout the country.Naming the Dr. Evangelina M. Macapagal Medical Tower in her honor is AUFMC's feeble attempt at perpetuating her memory and her legacy of genuine service," thus read the inscription in the portrait to be unveiled tomorrow.

The President will also tour the facilities of the only private tertiary, teaching, training and research hospital in Central Luzon.

Dr. Angeles said the President's visit to the AUFMC tomorrow is a "homecoming" for her after almost 20 years as she was also present during the inauguration of the AUFMC in 1990.

"I have her pictures then photocopied and I am going to present them to her tomorrow. I don't know what she would say," Angeles said.

Angeles added that the AUFMC "endeavors to emerge as the premier medical institution north of Metro Manila by 2010."

And, he looks forward to the President going back to the Medical Center when it is fully completed.

The Medical Tower will provide specialized healthcare services aside from the general hospital services already offered by the existing AUFMC. It will house additional 50 private rooms, 27 doctor's clinics, modernized neo-natal intensive care units and operating/delivery room complex,and a spacious wellness center, among other facilities.

AUFMC is also eyeing to serve and accommodate more GSIS members, dependents and pensioners who are entitled to as much as 50 percent discount on medical services and hospitalization, under the GSIS Hospitalization Support Program. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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