DOLE, PGH gear up for opening of first OFW Hospital in PH

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) are now preparing for the opening of the country’s first hospital for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

In a Facebook post on April 1, DOLE announced that it has recently met with PGH doctors and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) officials to prepare for OFW Hospital’s inauguration in San Fernando, Pampanga, on Labor Day, May 1.

During the meeting, DOLE said that “PGH doctors discussed the hospital operational plans and oriented newly hired personnel composed of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, radiologists, medical technicians, and human resource staff.”

In an earlier statement, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said that the move signifies the agency’s service to the country’s “modern-day heroes,” with the help of experts from PGH.

On January 16, DOLE announced that it had signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with PGH. The MOU mandated the latter to help OFW Hospital train clinical and administrative personnel, plan and acquire hospital equipment, and formulate clinical and fiscal process flow.

Officials and doctors present during the recent meeting were PGH Doctors Rafael Marfori, Jose Dante P. Dator, and Ralph Julius Mendoza; DOLE Director Brenalyn A. Peji, Assistant Secretary Dominique R. Tutay, and Assistant Secretary Ma. Teresita Cucueco; and OWWA Director Jocelyn Hapal.