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Hundreds of Bagobo-Tagabawas enjoy health care benefits from Hedcor
June 18, 2015
AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor Sibulan, Inc. and Aboitiz Foundation delivered its regular medical and dental mission to the Bagobo-Tagabawa community in Barangay Sibulan, last week. In partnership with the Province of Davao del Sur, Sta Cruz Municipal Health Office and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples, the outreach program serviced Indigenous People (IP) of the area. Close to a thousand people availed of the free health services.“We are committed with what we have promised to our partners. We see it as our corporate obligation. This free medical and dental mission is one way of giving what is due to our host communities,” said Hedcor’s vice president Rolando Pacquiao.The services were medical and dental consultation, hemoglobin tests, vaccination, and sputum microscopy. IP beneficiaries were given free medicine and vitamins. Common illness such as fever, flu, cough, back pains and dental related ailments were given appropriate action by the specialists.“We believe that we can do well, by making good,” Pacquiao added.Hedcor regularly conducts outreach programs to serve the people of the communities that host their plants. This activity is one of the many elements of their Corporate Social Responsibility Program, which focus on health, education, livelihood, and the environment. Other contributions that the company provides to host communities are farm-to-market roads and facilities on health and education.Hedcor’s 56.5MW run-of-river hydropower plants in this area have contributed a lot to the community.Tribal leader Datu Gideon Tolentino said, “Our simple living became exciting when Hedcor came. We were able to access health care, education, livelihood assistance and more through Hedcor’s endeavor.”Hedcor, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AboitizPower owning and operating 21 run-of-river hydropower plants in Benguet, Davao and Ilocos Sur with a total capacity of 170 MWs.SUSTAINABLE HEALTH CARE.This regular medical and dental mission is part of Hedcor’s commitment to the IPs in Barangay Sibulan. Aside from scheduled health missions, Hedcor provides regular supplies of prescribed medicines and vitamins for free to all the IPs in the community.