MANILA, May 2 (Mabuhay) –Labor Secretary Silvestre  Bello III on Monday said the newly-constructed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) Hospital that offers free medical service to OFWs and their dependents will be fully operational by June.

Bello said only ordinary treatment and outpatient services are provided in the hospital for now as some medical equipment have yet to be transferred in the facility.

“Oo, kasi ‘yung mga ordinary treatment lang muna kasi ilalagay pa nila ‘yung P200 million worth of medical equipment ng dialysis, MRI, CT scan, at saka ‘yung ibang state of the art medical equipment,” he said when asked if the hospital will be in full operation in June.

The 1.5 hectare land used for the hospital worth P400 million was donated by the provincial government of Pampanga, according to Bello.

Around P600 million of construction cost was donated by the Bloomberry Cultural Foundation for the hospital building.

The procurement of medical equipment worth P200 million was funded by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.

According to Bello, the UP-Philippine General Hospital will manage the operation of the OFW Hospital.

He added that a P250-million budget has been dedicated to the hospital from the General Appropriations Act 2022 funds.(MNS)

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