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Hospital for OFWs to cost over P500M

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THE FIRST hospital for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) will cost more than half a billion pesos and is targeted to open by 2020 in Pampanga, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE). In a statement on Sunday, DoLE said the construction of the OFW Hospital and Diagnostics Center will be covered by P400 million from non-government organization Bloomberry Cultural Foundation Inc., and an additional P150 million from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. The medical facility will be built on a property donated to DoLE by the Pampanga provincial government. “The details are not yet final and even the bed capacity, the level of medical care, such as primary secondary and tertiary, the plantilla staffing and the budget, but we hope to construct the hospital within one and a half year,” said Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac. — Gillian M. Cortez

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