Thursday, January 21, 2021

RSA Foundation to build hospital, research center


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San Miguel Corp. (SMC) President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon Ang, through his RSA Foundation, is set to build a “state-of-the-art” hospital and research center on infectious diseases in Southern Luzon.

The hospital would serve as RSA Foundation’s first project, according to a statement SMC released over the weekend.

“This pandemic has been an eye-opener for all of us. Our health care system needs to be strengthened. For this reason, we want to help build up our country’s capability to handle future pandemics and other health crises,” Ang said in the statement.

The facility is planned to be constructed on a 3- to 5-hectare property in the southern part of Luzon and is seen to aid the country’s health care system prepare for health crises in the future.

It would also specialize in research on infectious diseases and would provide care for ambulatory patients.

“We envision this hospital to be resilient and adaptable. It will operate efficiently, improve health services, and make healthcare more accessible and affordable to a greater number of Filipinos,” Ang explained.

SMC has allotted over P13 billion for its coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response package, of which P500 million was earmarked for the donation of personal protective gear and medical equipment to government and public and private hospitals.



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