Third Secretary Junichi Hirano of the Economic Section of the Embassy of Japan, representing First Secretary Dr. Takeo Okada, formally handed over the medical equipment to Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan Jr. composed of two operating room lights and two delivery beds. The donation from the Japan Government was through its Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP). Okada, in his message read by Hirano, hopes that with the medical fixtures, the quality of health care services of Bontoc General Hospital improves, and that these will be treasured and maintained with utmost care.
“This project is another testimony of the long-standing friendship and cooperation between the Philippines and Japan towards a bright future,” Okada stated as he assured that the Government of Japan remains deeply committed in providing development assistance to the Philippines.
Lacwasan expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Gov't of Japan for the medical equipment donated to BoGH which he said are of great help to the province in its mission of delivering quality health services to the people not only from the province but from nearby areas as well.
According to Provincial Health Officer II Dr. Nenita D. Lizardo, the fixtures were actually delivered last March 15, 2019, but it was only last week that the formal turnover was done. In fact as of March 4, 2020, there were already 514 minor and surgical operations done using the newly installed OR lights and 608 deliveries and 67 dilatation and curettage using the new delivery beds, she said.
Lizardo bared that the project was started during the time of the late Gov. Leonard Mayaen. The proposal was endorsed by Lacwasan to the Embassy of Japan in March 2017. On February 17, 2018, Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda signed a contract with Lacwasan in the amount of P2.2million, and in March 2019, the fixtures were delivered and installed. (JDP/JBS-PIA CAR, Mt. Province)
By Juliet B. Saley