The president and chief operating officer of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) Alfredo Lim (center) hands over the agency’s £ 70million grant to Albay representative Victor Ziga Jr. for the rehabilitation of Ziga Memorial District Hospital and District Hospital from Cagraray. With them pictured is Pagcor’s Chief of Staff Alberto Regino Jr. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED
Two public hospitals in the province of Albay received funding for their much needed rehabilitation after the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) granted a total of 70 million pesos to the said medical institutions.
Ziga Memorial District Hospital in Tabaco, Albay, received 50 million pesos while Cagraray District Hospital, a small health facility on Cagraray Island, received 20 million pesos. The said grants will be used to repair the two hospitals, which were severely damaged by previous typhoons that hit the province.
The damaged roof of Ziga Memorial Hospital has not been repaired after it was destroyed by previous typhoons that hit Albay.
Pagcor’s President and Chief Operating Officer Alfredo Lim led the donation revenue to Albay representative Victor Ziga Jr. at Pagcor’s executive office in Manila.
According to Lim, the said grants are in line with the agency’s commitment to help improve health service delivery in the country.
“As Pagcor remains true to its nation-building mandate, we recognize the need of many communities for decent medical facilities that will meet the health needs of the local population. Hopefully with these financial grants, we can help save more lives by making healthcare more accessible to those who need it most, ”he added.
Meanwhile, Ziga explained that the Ziga Memorial District Hospital was once a 100-bed facility, but has been forced to reduce the number of patients it receives due to its dilapidated state. Typhoon Rolly completely destroyed the roof of the hospital while the equipment of the Cagraray district hospital, such as X-rays and ECG machines, were destroyed.