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PGMA inaugurates P330-M state-of-the-art medical tower in Angeles City

Manila (10 July) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated yesterday the first five floors of the P330-million (furniture and equipment not included) state-of-the-art 11-storey medical tower of the Angeles University Foundation Medical Center (AUFMC) that was named in honor of her mother, Dona Eva.

The President led in the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the AUFMC's Dona Evangelina M. Macapagal Medical Tower that will provide specialized healthcare services aside from the general hospital services offered by the existing AUFMC.

The President also unveiled the portrait of Dona Eva, a medical doctor by profession, who as First Lady founded many health and education centers for the poor, including the Elsie Garches Foundation.

"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 that was unveiled.

"Thank you for naming this tower after my mother," the President said as she recalled how her mother loved the AUFMC that she even requested that the institution's choir sing for her when she passes away, and so it did.

In her message sent earlier for the inauguration souvenir program, the President said: "The Macapagal family is truly proud of the honor accorded to our dear mother who played an important role in advancing healthcare and education in the country, especially during her time as First Lady. She has carved a niche in the hearts of our country for her commitment to genuine service to the poor."

The President also took a tour of the medical tower's facilities, including the neo-natal intensive care unit, operating/delivery room, wellness center pediatric ward and the nurses' station where she was warmly greeted by the staff.

She gamely posed for souvenir photographs with them as she toured up to the fourth floor of the medical tower.

The medical tower will house additional 50 private rooms, 27 doctors' clinics, modern neo-natal intensive care unit, among many more facilities.

"We are growing in structure, service and technology to better serve the community, concomitant with the Founder's philosophy that no one should be denied quality healthcare due to poverty," AUFMC President and CEO said. Dr. Emmanuel Angeles

Angeles said the Doņa Evangelina Medical Tower will expand its Medical Indigency Program that has so far served some 62,000 indigent patients for the past 18 years.

The Medical Tower is set to be completed by February 2010. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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