Philippine President Aquino Opens New Hospital in Cebu

CEBU, PHILIPPINES – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, who is in Cebu for activities related to the Labor Day celebration, led the soft opening of the 300-bed Level 2 hospital in Mandaue City, the University of Cebu Medical Center (UCMed).

President Aquino inspected the center’s Catheterization Laboratory, Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, and the Operation Room during the soft opening of the medical center, which sits on a one-hectare property along Ouano Avenue in Mandaue City.

UCMed Chairman Augusto Go said the medical center is the most advanced and modern hospital in the Philippines outside of Metro Manila.

University of Cebu Medical Center
University of Cebu Medical Center

The medical center features the first 3D Mammography with Tomosynthesis in Southeast Asia and the first fully-integrated 3D Endoalpha Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) Operating Room in Southeast Asia as well as the most Endoaplhas than any other hospital in the country.

UCMed President Candice Gotianuy said the hospital aims to employ 600 nurses and staff to run the hospital’s operations once it goes on full swing by the third quarter of this year.

In its first days of operation, UCMed will be limited to serving employees of the University of Cebu and some selected individuals. By June, UCMed will start providing outpatient services.

Ealier in the day, Aquino kicked-off his visit Cebu with a tour of the booths at the Jobstart Philippines Forum on the Filipino Youth in the Labor Market event at J Center Mall in Mandaue City.

JobStart Philippines is a new project borne out of a partnership amongst the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the Asian Development Bank.

The project provides full cycle employment bridging package to youth-beneficiaries from life skills training, accessible labor market information, career counseling, on-the-job training and other employment facilitation services.

The Philippine president was set to fly to the facility of CEMEX Philippines in the City of Naga where he will lead the unveiling of the New Mill Facility Marker before going on a plant tour.

CEMEX is a growing global building materials company that produces, distributes, and markets cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and related building materials to customers in over 50 countries while maintaining trade relationships with more than 100 nations.

It recently completed a P3-billion new mill facility located in its Apo Cement Plant in the City of Naga covering around 3,433-square meters. The new mill facility increased capacity of Apo Plant by 1.5 million metric tons per year or an additional 40% increase in total capacity of CEMEX. – BusinessNewsAsia.com

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