INDIGENT residents of a barangay in Pasig City who have no capability to pay for costly surgical procedures are now relieved of the burden as they can avail it for free.
This after a memorandum of agreement (MOA) was signed recently between Victor Potenciano Medical Center, Inc or VRPMC (formerly Polymedic General Hospital), president Ma. Victoria P. Vergel De Dios and Pasig City Barangay San Antonio Chairman Thomas Raymond Lising to extend medical and hospital assistance to poor residents of the barangay.
According to Lising, the MOA is part of the effort to provide free surgical operations to his indigent constituents.
Under the MOA, the VRPMC through its surgery Department, will extend medical and hospital assistance and perform surgical procedures on registered and indigents of Barangay San Antonio, Pasig City for free.
The MOA also stated that inpatient and outpatient surgical care for adult, PhilHealth/non-PhilHealth members with any of the following diagnosis: acute appendicitis, gallstone and gallbladder disease, thyroid goiter and other neck tumors, breast cancer and tumors, gastric colon, rectal cancer, other intestinal tumors and other anal diseases can avail of free surgical services.
Meanwhile, the barangay through the Office of the Barangay Chairman, will endorse to the VRPMC the adult indigent patients who are entitled to avail the free diagnosis and surgical services.
The MOA shall take effect upon signing and shall remain effective for two years, subject to renewal upon agreement by both parties.
Lising explained that the project is a manifestation of his commitment to make available the best medical attention to all, especially the poor residents of Barangay San Antonio in Pasig City.
Usually the cost of such surgical procedures ranges from P200k to P500k per operation.
The MOA signing was witnessed by officials of VRPMC including Veronica Regina VdD Garcia, Chairman of Dept of Surgery, Dr.Ferdinand SyFu and other officials of Barangay San Antonio.