The Guam Regional Medical City presented its $50,000 check to the Ayuda Foundation for the purchase of medical supplies and equipment for Typhoon Yolanda relief. The presentation will took place at the Office of Speaker Judith T. Won Pat on Dec. 4.
This is the single largest corporate donation to Yolanda relief efforts coordinated out of Guam.
The check was presented to the Ayuda Foundation on the occasion of the Association of Pacific Island Legislators (APIL) meeting at the Legislature. Ayuda Foundation is a close and longstanding partner of the Association of Pacific Island Legislators and has been providing humanitarian aid in Micronesia and elsewhere through organized medical missions and urgent relief efforts since 1996.
The $50,000 donation from GRMC matches $10,000 and $40,000 donations from the Bank of Guam and the Filipino Community of Guam, respectively. The total amount is being used to purchase five containers of medical supplies and equipment.
GRMC President and CEO Margaret Bengzon made the following statement:
"Collectively, we are donating $100,000. However, this amount pales in comparison to the actual shipment value under the Med-Share program. Depending on each recipient hospital's request, each container may have up to $1 million in medicines, medical supplies, and equipment. The total amount could in fact be up to $5 million. This is truly a partnership that leverages resources in a manner that gets the most value on the dollar. "
The five hospitals that will be receiving the supplies are Ormoc District Hospital, Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital, Divine World Hospital in Tacloban, Iloilo Provincial Hospital and Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital in Tagbilaran. GRMC's sister hospital in Iloilo Province, The Medical City Iloilo, is providing technical assistance to recipient hospitals and began hosting Guam doctors for medical mission work.
From left: Walden Weilbacher, Ayuda Foundation Board Member; Leah Beth Nahalowaa, Filipino Community of Guam Vice President; Hon. Bayani V. Mangibin, Philippine Consul General; Hon. Rory Respicio, Senator and APIL member; Hon. Judith T. Won Pat, Speaker and APIL President; Hon. Chris Duenas, Senator and APIL member; Albert Gurasamy, GRMC Ancillary Services Director; Peter Taurchini, GRMC Chief Financial Officer; Charlotte Huntsman, GRMC Human Resources Manager; John Taitano, GRMC Operations Manager; and Victor Rosario, GRMC Executive Assistant.