As it continued to rehabilitate rural health units in disadvantaged communities across the country, BDO Foundation also constructed a facility that serves blood donors and patients in Agusan del Norte and neighboring provinces in the Caraga region.
In support of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) mission to provide life-saving services for Filipinos particularly the underserved and those in vulnerable situations, the foundation recently built the PRC Agusan del Norte – Butuan City Chapter Blood Center.
The corporate social responsibility arm of BDO Unibank turned over the structure to the country’s premiere humanitarian organization in an event witnessed by PRC secretary general Gwendolyn Pang, PRC assistant secretary general Dr. Christie Monina Nalupta, PRC Agusan del Norte Butuan Chapter board of directors chairperson Joanna Cuenca, BDO Foundation president Mario Deriquito, BDO Butuan-J.C. Aquino Avenue branch head Janice Arapan, and branch heads of BDO and BDO Network Bank in the province.
Pang graciously welcomed the initiative and congratulated the partners, saying, “This facility represents a step forward in the delivery of a healthcare system that is capable of meeting patients’ needs in the 21st century. Together with PRC chairman Richard Gordon, we would like to thank BDO Foundation for making the construction of the Agusan del Norte – Butuan City Chapter Blood Center possible.”
Supportive of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the blood center benefits patients in the Caraga region who need safe, adequate and high-quality blood and blood products. The construction of the building—funded by the foundation as well as contributions from BDO employees—includes the provision of basic equipment, furniture and fixtures.
BDO Foundation’s corporate citizenship initiative in Butuan contributes to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal no. 3 to ensure healthy lives and promote the well-being of all people at all ages.