3 San Fernando Barangays Get New Medical Equipment

Residents at three villages in San Fernando, Cebu need not go to the town proper or any hospital off town for basic medical diagnostics and attention as two Japanese-run firms operating in the municipality have provided their health centers with needed equipment and supplies.

Officials and health workers in barangays Tañañas, Panadtaran and Magsico were pleased they could now attend better to the health and diagnostic needs of their neighbors with the facilities they could now use as Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) gave them.

TCPI and its premier supplier of earth materials, Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC), donated the medical apparatus and paraphernalia as part of their joint Social Development Management Program (SDMP) for its 12 stakeholder barangays.

Company physician Dr. Ildebrando Estella, MD, surveyed the three barangays and conducted a thorough evaluation to determine the necessary materials each health center needed. It had been the standing commitment of Takahiko Imachi, TCPI senior vice president for administration and marketing, and Takashi Sugiyama, outgoing SEDC director and technical adviser, to help upgrade the facilities of the health centers of all stakeholder barangays.

Both gave company liaison officers Gines Boltron and Rolando Manalop the blessings in handing over the medical tools to the leaders and health prime movers of barangay Tañañas and Panadtaran on June 28 and of Magsico by July 9, 2012.

Tañañas chieftain Dominiciana Paradero led in receiving the supplies that included an infant non-digital Ming weighing scale, a set of Apex nebulizer, three sets of 3M Stethoscope and Sphygmomanometer, two pieces of Camry bathroom scales, and five pieces of thermometer.

In Panadtaran, chairman Ricardo Y. Reluya received the same set of items with his colleagues in the barangay council and their health workers, as did Magsico leader Johnny Arriesgado also with the same set but with three more thermometers.

SDMP prime mover Emily B. Ortega, also SEDC senior manager for administration and human resources, facilitated the donations with SDMP committee member Vanessa Bongcawil.