THE Department of Labor and Employment is set to open a P550 million hospital with state-of the-art facilities for overseas Filipino workers.
Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said the hospital will rise in San Fernando, Pampanga.
Bello said the acquisition and installation of the facilities for the first-ever DoLE-OFW hospital and diagnostics center will be financed by a P150-million donation from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR).
The groundbreaking for the project, to be constructed on a two-hectare property in Barangay Sindalan donated by the provincial government of Pampanga, was held last May 1 (Labor Day).
“The building cost estimated at P400 million will be shouldered by the Bloomberry Cultural Foundation Inc.,” Bello said.
He added that the hospital is expected to be completed in 18 months.
Once operational, it will be managed by the Department of Health.
Bello said the hospital will provide the medical needs and services, as well as subsidy programs of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration for OFWs, their families, and dependents.
“This hospital is in recognition of the valuable contribution of our modern-day heroes, the overseas Filipino workers, in the growth of our economy. This will serve as among the legacies that President Duterte can leave behind for our OFWs,” he said.
Meanwhile, OWWA Administrator Hans Leo Cacdac said a memorandum of understanding among concerned government agencies and other stakeholders for the construction and operation of the hospital is being finalized to signal the start of its construction.