Duterte hands over P100 M to veteran's hospital

PRRD gives P100 M check to VMMC during his visit on Wednesday

Manila, Philippines – On Wednesday, President Rodrigo Duterte handed over P100 million to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) to be used for its improvement on facilities and services.

President Duterte promised to augment the donation before this year ends.

According to him, the additional funds would come from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

The Chief Executive instructed the officials of the VMMC to find the best medical equipment available in the market, instead of looking for the lowest bid.

“Buy the best, huwag yung lowest bid… I want quality. Quality ako,” he told the hospital’s officials.

President Duterte also told the officials and staff not to dwell on the practice of awarding contracts to the lowest bidder, and cited that this old way is one of the major sources of corruption in the country.

During his visit at VMMC, 19 patients undergoing hemodialysis got groceries package from him.

The president also tasked the VMMC to provide medical care and treatment to veterans and their dependents. 

Tagging along with him when he visited the hospital is Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and of course, the selfie king himself, and the president’s special assistant, Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive said during the 82nd anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Philippines that he would subsidize the medicines for all the soldiers.

"They need the management for bills. It’s P50 million monthly para sa AFP. Pati P50 million sa V. Luna [General Hospital]," the president said in his speech during the AFP anniversary.

Source:  PCOO

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