The Philippine government will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the first “overseas Filipino worker hospital” in San Fernando, Pampanga, northwest of Manila, on May 1 to provide free medical services to overseas Filipino workers.
The hospital and diagnostics center are aimed at providing various free services for migrant workers, as well as their families and dependents, hongkongnews.com reported.
Labor Undersecretary Ana Dione said the initiative came from Secretary Silvestre Bello III in recognition of overseas workers’ contributions to the growth of the economy.
“The plan is to provide them with free services when securing their medical certificates, covering laboratory exams and other basic requirements for their overseas deployment,” Dione said.
She said the hospital will ease the employment process for Filipino migrant workers as it will be easier to acquire medical certificates. The hospital will be exclusive for migrant workers and their families.
The hospital will be financed by donations and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), with support from the Department of Health (DOH) and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
Construction is expected to be completed in one and a half to two years. The property where the hospital will be located was donated by the provincial government of Pampanga. Details of the services will be announced on May 1.