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Establishment of Mindanao Cancer Center in Tagum City pushed

Davao City (4 June) -- The Regional Development Council (RDC) XI has endorsed the establishment of the Mindanao Cancer Center in the Davao Regional Hospital (DRH) in Tagum City, Davao del Norte.

The project, estimated to cost almost P500-million, is expected to provide comprehensive treatment and management services for cancer patients in Davao Region and Mindanao.

This was bared by Dr. Romulo Busuego, DRH Chief of Hospital. Regional Director Teozones Baluma of DOH XI also said that the establishment of the Mindanao Cancer Center in DRH will bring to 4 the major Mindanao health service centers based in Davao Region. The Davao Medical Center in Davao City operates the Mindanao Heart Center, the Mindanao Burn Unit and the Mindanao Kidney Center.

Mr. Vicente T. Lao, RDC XI Chairperson, revealed that the Council endorsed the project because it directly supports the region's priorities for human development and poverty alleviation. Lao said that the project will address the rising incidence of cancer which is now one of the leading causes of death not only in Davao Region and Mindanao but in the entire country as well.

He added that the establishment of the center in the region also reduces the financial burden to the cancer patients and their families, especially the poor, since they would no longer have to go to Manila or Cebu for diagnosis and treatment.

Meanwhile, NEDA XI Regional Director Maria Lourdes D. Lim, RDC XI Vice-Chairperson, bared that the project is well supported by officials of local government units and national government agencies and representatives of the private sector in the region.

She said that the Provincial Development Council of Davao del Norte has passed a resolution endorsing the project. With these endorsements, the project will now be submitted for evaluation at the national level and for funding support from foreign donors. (NEDA-RDC/PIA XI) [top]

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