HMC Spend More Than 11 Million Pesos as part of its Commitment to Support Health Services

By: Philippine Resources August 14, 2023

Hinatuan Mining Corp. (HMC), a subsidiary of Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC), spends P 11.4 million to support the health care services of the Municipality of Tagana-an. Budget used is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of HMC.

HMC spent 10M of its CSR for the construction of the Rural Health Unit (RHU) in the Municipality of Tagana-an. The construction is done in close coordination and partnership with the Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) of Tagana-an. The company has also spent 1.4M of its CSR budget to purchase medical instrument and equipment to help improve the health services of its Municipality.

The utilization of the CSR budget and not its Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) fund is proof that HMC goes above and beyond what is mandated by law. The commitment of HMC to support the development of the health care of its municipality is a testament not only to its excellent partnership with its stakeholders but also to the commitment of the company to contribute to the development of the municipality where it operates.

Infrastructure Development

“Having a new building for Tagana-an RHU donated by HMC with the counterpart of the MLGU is our first step in applying for a Primary Health Care Facility that provide easy access to a quality health care services to the community of Tagana-an, which is part of the Universal Health Care goal of the Department of Health (DOH)”, said Maria Teresa Teodora Eviota, RN PHN II, Tagana-an Municipal Health Office OIC.

“I am grateful that our dream was fulfilled, we jokingly labeled the building as a mini-hospital. Our dream was to have a facility that can cater more basic health services to our residents. And also to have the capacity to offer ultrasound, x-ray, and other laboratory tests so that Tagana-an residents do not need to go as far as Surigao City to avail of such health services, ” said Hon. Cesar B. Diaz, Jr., Municipal Mayor of Tagana-an.

“If they go to Surigao City, there are more patients in need of care; they need to fall in line with several other people to avail of health services. Moreover, they would also have to spend cash to cover their travel expense. Do we have the capacity to do it here in our municipality? After all, we have a supportive partner in HMC. It is then we asked HMC for assistance, HMC spent PhP 10M from its CSR and as a counterpart, Tagana-an MLGU spent PhP 5M, and now our new RHU building has become a reality. Thank you HMC for realizing our dream,” added Hon. Diaz.

“This is my second time to witness a partnership of the private and public organization in realizing of a project. The private being HMC and the public are the MLGU of Tagana-an and the DOH. My first time was in Barangay Talavera when I was also present during the blessing and turnover of the Birthing Clinic by HMC to the Barangay LGU, “said Erwin G. Pingal, RMT, DMO V of Provincial DOH Office Surigao Del Norte.

 “The support from HMC has increased, from a Birthing Clinic in Barangay Talavera and now into a Primary Health Care Facility in the Municipality of Tagana-an.  Support to social and health services can be provided by the mining industry. I hope that this facility will become an infirmary in the near future so that you can cater to more patients. Congratulations to Tagana-an, your dream has been realized,” added Mr. Pingal.

Medical Equipment and Supplies

“As a health care provider, the laboratory machines and equipment donated by the HMC are a big help to expedite the testing process especially urgent cases, leading to faster diagnosis and immediate intervention”, said Maria Teresa Teodora Eviota, RN PHN II, Tagana-an Municipal Health Office OIC.

HMC has donated an Analytical Chemistry Analyzer, pipette shaker, hemoglobin/hematocrit meter acon, serological pipette, Edta tube mixer TRO-1206D, Biosafety Cabinet Level II Biobase BBS SDC, and refrigerator with digital temperature monitor 260L BPR 5V260 - 511,355.00.

Dr. Bruce Bill Buo, Tagana-an RHU visiting doctor, is hopeful that more equipment will be received by the RHU building, “Hopefully we will receive more equipment. If we have more equipment, we can cater to more patients. This helps eliminate the need for the patients to travel to Surigao City since we will be capable of providing their health needs.”

Hon. Diaz was also grateful to DOH for their support, “this new RHU building will not be complete without equipment. We are thankful to the DOH for the assistance of providing 8M worth of medical equipment”.

“I also express my gratitude to HMC for the medical equipment they donated. I am hopeful that there will be more in the future. We all have a common goal - to provide quality health care services. We will have a partnership with HMC and the DOH to achieve this goal,” he added.

Maria Teresa Teodora Eviota, RN PHN II, Tagana-an Municipal Health Office OIC; is also thankful to the assistance provided by HMC to their municipality, “The RHU Tagana-an Team is very grateful to Hinatuan Mining Coorporation for the unwavering support in the delivery of Health care services in promoting and prioritizing the well-being of the community”.

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