Isko, PGH create transient house for cancer patients

Isko Moreno
Mayor Isko Moreno explains the details of the planned halfway house for cancer patients.Photo by JERRY S. TAN

THE city of Manila has partnered with the Philippine General Hospital for the creation of a halfway or transient house for cancer patients coming from far-flung areas in the country.

Mayor Isko Moreno signed the partnership deal, with the end in view of helping those undergoing treatment for cancer who have no place to stay while in the city.

The mayor said he knows how difficult it is for one to battle cancer, baring that his own father died of it and someone also close to him is currently afflicted with it.

Cancer patients have a special place in Moreno’s heart as in fact, he accepted modelling jobs on the side just so he could contribute his talent fee for the benefit of the children cancer patients of the PGH.

According to Moreno, the halfway house for cancer patients is located beside the newly-renovated city library along Taft Avenue.

“Isang building ito, habang nagpapagamot ang mga taga-Mindanao, taga-Visayas, Northern Luzon at Southern Luzon at iba pang malalayong probinsiya. We partnered with PGH, atin ang lote at building tapos gastos ng PGH ang renovation.  Haybols na nila to-its,” he said.

Moreno said the patients may stay there until their treatment cycle is finished and they may even avail of the library which is right beside the building that houses them.

PGH is also a partner of the city government in terms of COVID efforts, particularly in the aspect of confirmatory testing.