ALAMINOS CITY, Pangasinan—A Doctors on Wheels project sponsored by a hotel chain recently completed its 17th medical and gift-giving mission this year at the Don Leopoldo Sison Convention Center here, benefiting nearly 600 indigents patients and persons with disabilities.
Doctors and nurses, sponsored by Hotel Sogo and the local government, gave free medical consultations and provided medicines to almost 300 residents, while 300 persons with disability gained from the gift giving.
The medical mission and gift giving was organized and assisted by the Philippine Science Journalists Mega Manila, Publishers Association of the Philippines Inc., Hotel Sogo–Sogo Cares, Island Nest Hotel Resort owner Gerlyn Enorme, Kiwanis International President Engr. Fausto ‘Ping ‘Lopez, Kiwanis Club of Hundred Islands, The Generics Pharmacy and the City of Alaminos.
“Hotel Sogo supports similar local government initiatives as part of its corporate social responsibility program, and is committed to delivering services to the people, from safe shelters to medical assistance through its program, the Doctor on Wheels,” stressed Nicel Lavente, Sogo supervisor and project head.
“Hotel Sogo has always believed in being of service to the less Filipino apart from the customers who patronize our hotels.”
The activity aims to improve health and health awareness among indigent residents by extending free medical services and providing free medicines, said Jennifer Las, Hotel Sogo Corporate Social Responsibility manager.
City Administrator Dr. Emielou E. Gellado thanked the hotel company along with the doctors, nurses and staff and the media practitioners and publishers from PScijourn MegaManila and the Publishers Association of the Philippine Inc. for the successful event that helped residents.
Lopez and the Kiwanis Club of Hundred Islands joined the activity as part of their social responsibility, as the project benefited not only patients but also the less fortunate children with disabilities as well.
PAPI president Nelson Santos said it was well-timed for PAPI to be involved in the undertaking in reaching out to the underprivileged.
“It was a privilege to be a part of the commitment of Hotel Sogo in giving medical services and gift giving to the less fortunate residents here,” said Estrella Gallardo, PSCijourn president.
In 2016, Hotel Sogo conducted 53 medical missions. As part of its CSR, it renders free medical services to marginalized residents in the countryside.
Families affected by calamities are provided grocery items and other services, while wounded soldiers and policemen injured in the line of duty are given wheel chairs and monetary support, Lavente disclosed.
With 35 branches spread throughout Metro Manila and nearby provinces, Hotel Sogo has provided Filipinos clean, safe and comfortable lodging since 1993. Its first Doctors on Wheels medical mission was successfully launched at San Jose corner Sto. Niño Streets in Quezon City,