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Business Tycoon Ramon Ang to build research center on infectious disease in the country

 Ramon Ang, a business tycoon and philanthropist has committed to build 500-bed hospital specializing in infectious disease research and will provide care for patients from disadvantaged communities.

The announcement wa made by his newly-created charitable arm RSA Foundation. Mr. Ang is looking to build a state-of-the-art hospital on a three hectare property in the southern part of Luzon.

The said facility is imagined as the arm to deal with future health crisis and to strengthen the country's health care system. 

“This pandemic has been an eye-opener for all of us. Our health care system needs to be strengthened. For this reason, we want to help build up our country’s capability to handle future pandemics and other health crises,” Ang said.

“We envision this hospital to be resilient and adaptable. It will operate efficiently, improve health services, and make health care more accessible and affordable to a greater number of Filipinos,” He added.

The facility will focus on treating ambulatory or outpatients, especially those from vulnerable or disadvantaged communities.

He added that the hospital would be a home to research that will provide support for public health concerns focusing  on infectious disease.

From the current health crisis, SMC has provided P500 million out of its over P13 billion COVID-19 response package in the form of donation to public and private hospitals to procure various essentials needed to cope with the current crisis.

SMC was also the first company in the Philippines to put up its own RT-PCR testing laboratory and commit to test its approximately 70,000 workforce.

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