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Capitol receives ‘gifts’ from Belgian philanthropist

| by: Chad Bacolod

belgian2A Belgian philanthropist arrived at the Juan B. Dosado Memorial Hospital in Sogod, northern Cebu last April 10 with more than 400 items of hospital equipment.

The hospital administrator Dr. Ellen L. dela Cruz said that the donations Patrick Haghedooren has given to them are the answer to their long time prayers.

“We will be using this for the existing hospital. Actually, we are in need of 30 hospital beds and now our prayer has been answered. These gifts are not only to the hospital but also to all Cebuano patients,” she said.

Dela Cruz said Haghedooren learned about the hospital’s needs through Provincial Risk Reduction and Management Office Chief Baltazar S. Tribunalo Jr.

According to Tribunalo, the Cebu Provincial Government received P22 million worth of hospital equipment from the Belgian philanthropist.

“The equipment we received from Patrick is worth P22 million which will be given to Sogod district hospital and Cebu provincial hospital in Balamban as our first beneficiaries.

Haghedooren brought with him medical equipment all the way from Belgium at his own expense.

Equipment given to the hospital include 37 electronic beds, 70 hospital mattresses, 39 medical supplies, 32 medical garments, wheelchairs, and other office and laboratory equipment.

With the 37 beds given by Haghedooren, the hospital administrator said the hospital will no longer need to request for additional hospital beds.

The simple turnover ceremony was attended by Sogod Mayor Lissa Marie Durano-Streegan and Vice Mayor Richard B. Streegan.

A true philanthropist, this is not the first time the Belgian national donated hospital equipment in Cebu at his own expense.

Haghedooren, founder of the non-government organization Solidareteit Southern Leyte, sent relief materials to northern Cebu and Leyte when they were hit by a calamity.

Haghedooren revealed Cebu’s smooth system in place is what keeps him coming back.

“I have been to other places in the Philippines and Cebu is the only place that is convenient for me to bring th
ese gifts, not too much bureaucracy and no hassle for me. It has a system that runs smoothly the Cebu provincial government had in place, and Governor Davide has health and social services as his top priority,” Haghedooren said.

On October 2015, the philanthropist went to San Francisco, Camotes Island with a 40-foot cargo container full of donations intended for the town’s different sitios. (Chad Cordova Bacolod)

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