San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president and chief operating officer Ramon S. Ang, through the RSA Foundation, is looking to build a hospital in the southern part of Luzon that will operate efficiently during a crisis and help arm the country's health care system.
According to SMC, the envisioned state-of-the-art health facility will be built on a 3-5 hectare property and will specialize in research on infectious diseases and providing ambulatory patients. It will also help in future-proofing society post-pandemic.
RSA Foundation's hospital is part of SMC's commitment to helping revive the economy through infrastructure projects that can create jobs, stimulate economic activity, and pave the way for an inclusive post-pandemic economic recovery.
“We envision this hospital to be resilient and adaptable. It will operate efficiently, improve health services, and make health care more accessible and affordable to a greater number of Filipinos,” Ang said.
San Miguel Corporation has already allotted P500 million out of its over P13 billion COVID-19 response package during the COVID-19 pandemic to donate to government, public, and private hospitals various medical-grade personal protective gear and life-saving, capacity-building medical equipment.
The company has also donated RT-PCR testing machines, fully-automated RNA extraction machines, and PCR testing kits that raised the country's total testing capacity by 15,000 tests per day.
“This pandemic has been an eye-opener for all of us. Our health care system needs to be strengthened. For this reason, we want to help build up our country’s capability to handle future pandemics and other health crises,” Ang said.