Therma South turns over new Barangay Health Center
October 17, 2016
TSI President and COO Sebastian R. Lacson (far left) leads the ribbon cutting ceremony of the newly constructed barangay health center of Barangay Inawayan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur. Together with him are (from left) Sta. Cruz Mayor Alexis Almendras, Barangay Inawayan Captain Romulo C. Elula, and TSI Plant Manager Engr. Valentin S. Saludes III.
Therma South Inc. (TSI), a subsidiary of AboitizPower, turned over a new Barangay Health Center to Barangay Inawayan, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur on September 17, 2016 in a bid to help improve the barangay’s health services for the residents of the company’s host community.“Through this new health center, we hope that those living in Barangay Inawayan and neighboring communities will have better access to health care services by the government,” said Sebastian R. Lacson, President and COO of Therma South Inc.The construction of the new Barangay Health Center is part of the Community Health Enhancement Program, which is a product of collaboration between Therma South, Inc. (TSI) and the barangay officials of Barangay Inawayan during the annual planning last 2015.“This project aims to improve the health center of Inawayan being identified as the most frequently used facility of the barangay. The former health center of Inawayan is dilapidated and is still in the old location of the barangay hall, which is around 300 meters away,” said Jason C. Magnaye, TSI Corporate Social Responsibility Manager.He said securing a new health facility close to the barangay hall does not only solve the substandard condition of the center, it also allows better administration of the facility and provides great esteem to the equally dynamic barangay health workers in giving primary health care to the Inawayan population.“We would like to extend our thanks to Therma South, who has been supporting the community since they came here. The support you have given to us will never be forgotten,” said Sta. Cruz Mayor Alexis C. Almendras.“We saw that since AboitizPower started operating here, we can say that there has been positive changes in the barangay. Not only in the employment but also to the local businesses surrounding us,” said Romulo C. Elula, Inawayan Barangay Captain.The health center is funded by TSI, Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (AFI) and the Municipality of Sta. Cruz.Aside from the building, the Community Health Enhancement Program also bears an information, education campaign (IEC) to the host communities of TSI on proper health and safety measures regarding their respiratory health and basic sanitation practices.The IEC roadshow will also be echoed in Barangay Darong in Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur and in Barangays Binugao and Sirawan in Toril, Davao City.