Bontoc – Medical fixtures in the forms of two operating room lights and delivery beds were formally turned-over to Bontoc General Hospital on March 4, 2020.
The project was a joint undertaking between the Embassy of Japan (EOJ) and the Provincial Government of Mountain Province. It was funded under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.
During the turn-over program, Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. and Vice-Governor Francis O. Tauli expressed their gratitude to Japan’s embassy.
“What you have provided is of great help in our mission to deliver quality health services to our people. Given our limited resources, we cannot do it alone, but with your help we can. Now, patients who go through surgeries and pregnant women who will deliver their babies at the hospital are in safer medical setting,” Lacwasan said.
The governor assured that the province will take good care of the medical fixtures and further voiced a stronger partnership and cooperation between the provincial government and Japan to reach out to more people.
“Your expression of love and care to the people of Mountain Province thru these donations will make a difference, especially to our health needs,” Vice-Governor Tauli also said.
Meanwhile, Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) Chairperson on Health Joshua B. Fronda read the SP resolution of gratitude to the EOJ. Also, Provincial Health Officer Nenita D. Lizardo together with the office of DOH expressed their gratitude to Japan’s embassy.
In response, EOJ First Secretary for Economic Section Takeo Okada who was represented by Third Secretary Junichi Hirano expressed gratitude to all individuals who have invested their time and efforts for the completion of the project.
He recalled that it was in 2017, when Japan signed the 2.2 million-peso project with the provincial government. He said that the operating and delivery rooms are among the busiest sections in the hospital so the EOJ recognized the dire need and thus, addressed the issue upon the provincial government’s request. “This project is another testimony to the long-standing friendship and cooperation between Philippines and Japan towards a bright future. Rest assured that the Government of Japan, as the top donor of the Philippines, will continue to remain deeply committed in providing development assistance,” Hirano said.