UNIQLO Philippines and SM Foundation forge partnership to strengthen basic health facilities – Manila Bulletin
UNIQLO and its parent company, Fast Retailing Co., Ltd, together with SM Foundation (SMFI), provide quality basic healthcare by renovating healthcare facilities in grassroots communities across the Philippines.
Improve basic health facilities
“UNIQLO’s mission has been to develop ways to improve society,” said Nakamura Masayoshi, UNIQLO’s Director of Operations in the Philippines. “UNIQLO is grateful and honored to play a role in improving healthcare infrastructure in the country. Through our partnership efforts with SM, we hope to improve the lives of Filipinos and ensure that everyone has access to primary medical care.
UNIQLO believes in transforming the power of clothing into a force for good at every stage of development. From concept to production, made with people from diverse backgrounds, working with energy and enthusiasm. This philosophy enables UNIQLO to extend the same spirit to customers and all stakeholders, working with them to aspire to a better society where we all thrive.
Meanwhile, SMFI’s Executive Director for Health and Medical Programs, Connie Angeles, expressed hope that the partnership would empower communities – allowing them to move forward.
“To achieve this, we must provide our stakeholders, especially those living in marginalized communities, with quality and accessible health care through various social good programs focused on health and well-being – which , in turn, will enable families to have better health care outcomes,” Angèle noted.
Ready to offer quality health services, health facilities now benefit from the following facilities: patient waiting room, reception area, outpatient department, male and female services, pharmacy, emergency room, treatment area, childbirth, mobile play cabinet for children, and a laboratory. Each health center is supplied with basic medical equipment.
UNIQLO and the SM Foundation renovated and handed over five health and wellness centers, namely Montalban Infirmary Hospital in Rodriguez, Rizal; Barangka City Health Center in Marikina City; Brgy. Ugac Sur and Brgy Health Center. Bagay Health Center in Tuguegarao, Cagayan and District 2 Health Center in Cauayan, Isabela.
Social Good Partners are also ready to launch and hand over two more improved health centers in Brgy. San Roque Health Post in Camarines Surand Brgy. Bolo Health Center in the town of Legazpi.
Empower medical frontliners
Angeles also expressed hope that the partnership will be able to provide frontline physicians with a fully equipped medical infrastructure “that will allow them to spread social good through health and wellness.”
“Now that we are in a pandemic, our medical frontliners must be supported by a strong medical infrastructure which, in turn, will ensure the well-being of the patients and the communities they serve,” Angeles emphasized.
She also recognized the efforts of frontline physicians to provide quality health care amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“With all of your significant achievements and your continued efforts to provide quality health care despite the pandemic – it is with our fervent hope that you will continue to help us as we fulfill our promise to ease the burden caused by the pandemic. “, continued Angeles.
“Let’s continue to stand up and ensure that our community stakeholders get the best medical service and quality of life they rightly deserve. Mabuhay kayo saityongmgasakripisyo for the bayan! (Long live and thank you for all your sacrifices for our country!),” she added.
Make basic health care accessible to the population
The partnership aims to close the health gap in grassroots communities, Angeles said.
“We want our communities to be able to access medical care services, when and where they need them. That’s why, alongside our partners like Uniqlo, [the] to concentrate [is] on the improvement of health facilities and public hospitals – which will allow our compatriots [to] have access to quality and sufficient medical care,” she said.
However, Angeles also noted that more needs to be done, but added that forming partnerships through [a] A multi-sector approach offers greater benefits than working alone as a single entity.
“Such partnerships bring companies, people and organizations together to achieve our social good goals,” Angeles continued, adding that collaborative efforts play a very important role in their corporate social responsibility programs.
“Much remains to be done, but with partners like Uniqlo, we at the SM Foundation are confident that we can achieve our social good goals sooner rather than later,” she added.
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