Boxing icon PacMan” commits support for Cotabato hospital PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 June 2013 11:39

With international boxing icon and lawmaker Manny Pacquiao now with public officials and other benefactors supporting the efforts of the Regional Medical Center to serve Central Mindanao’s poor, how can the state-run hospital fail?

Pacquiao, incumbent representative of Sarangani province to Congress, on Wednesday vowed to help deliver health services everywhere in Mindanao during Wednesday’s groundbreaking rite for the expansion of the CRMC, which is too far away from the congressional district he represents.

The CRMC, located along Sinsuat Aveue at the Rosary Heights district in Cotabato City, is Central Mindanao’s largest state-run hospital.

The groundbreaking ceremony was jointly led by Pacquiao, the CRMC’s chief, physician Helen Yambao, Assistant Health Secretary Romulo Busuego, and Marlyn Convocar, who is the regional director for Region 12 of the Department of Health.

The CRMC’s management is to construct a big seven-storey building connecting to the hospital’s main infrastructure housing its administration offices, emergency and operating rooms, laboratory, and several wards fronting the Sinsuat Avenue here.

Pacquiao said he attended the groundbreaking rite to show that he supports the project and is just as ready to help in the government’s health care activities in Cotabato City and surrounding areas.

Pacquiao told reporters he wants patients from his province that may be admitted at the CRMC, particularly emergency cases, be given utmost attention, in the same way that residents here that may be confined in government hospitals in Sarangani and surrounding areas be treated well just the same.

“Ang kailangan sa ating mga taga Mindanao ay magtulungan sa lahat ng bagay upang makamit natin ang kaunlaran at kapayapaan,” Pacquiao told reporters.

The ceremony was also attended by local officials and hospital staffers led by physician Dimarin Dimantingkal, a senior professional medical staff of the CRMC.

Wednesday’s coming over of Pacquiao both as an international boxing icon and as congressman was his first.

The CRMC is a beneficiary of fiscal assistance from the offices of Maguindanao First District Rep. Sandra Sema and   Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Gov. Mujiv Hataman.

Sema had earlier allocated a P1 million grant to the CRMC administration to help finance the medication of patients from her district.

Now outgoing Maguindanao Second District Rep. Simeon Datumanong, whose post is to be taken over by incoming Rep. Zajid Mangudadatu, also provided support to the CRMC just the same.

Hataman and Yambao, along with Dimarin, forged last week at the ARMM’s Office of the Regional Governor here an assistance agreement, where the governor committed to provide a P1 million trance as initial assistance to patients from any area in the autonomous region.

The ARMM-CRMC medical assistance tie-up was facilitated by Hataman’s health secretary, eye surgeon Kadil Sinolinding, Jr.