UPGRADED FACILITY. The newly-improved endoscopy room at the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital opens Tuesday (Aug. 9, 2022) through the PHP6-million grant extended by the Therma South Inc., Aboitiz Foundation, and Hedcor Sibulan Inc. to the provincial government. The grant also includes the new outpatient department complex extension, hospital beds, and stretchers. (Photo courtesy of Davao del Sur PIO)

DAVAO CITY – The Therma South Inc. (TSI), Aboitiz Foundation, and Hedcor Sibulan Inc. have provided a three-year grant worth PHP6 million for the medical equipment of the Davao del Sur Provincial Hospital (DSPH) in Digos City.

“Its goal is to support the DSPH in providing high-quality healthcare to its patients,” a statement from the Provincial Information Office (PIO) said Wednesday.

The PIO said the grant, which includes the new Outpatient Department complex extension, hospital beds, stretchers, and improvement of the endoscopy room, was accepted by Governor Yvonne Cagas Tuesday.

The grant, which started in 2019, is a collaboration between the AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South Inc. and the Aboitiz Foundation, in partnership with the provincial government.

Through the funding, Cagas said they hope to increase the resident's access to high-quality healthcare, and support the province's ongoing recovery from the impacts of the pandemic in 2020 and the series of earthquakes in 2019.

“It is our obligation towards one another to make this wonderful health institution thrive and eventually reach the Level III status. Thank you TSI for your generosity,” she said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Razo Cagas, DSPH chief of hospital, said the assistance will help contribute to the shared vision of DSPH and the provincial government in making the hospital into a Level lll facility.

“We already have enough specialists to provide services in Davao del Sur. The time will come that we don't have to refer patients anymore to Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City,” he said. (PNA)