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CDC ties up with KDF to help PWDs in Pampanga

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, May 28 -–The Clark Development Corp. (CDC) has forged ties with Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) to provide health, education and livelihood for Pampanga (HELP) program, particularly to persons with disabilities (PWDs).

CDC president Benigno N. Ricafort said the company and the KDF’s goal was to return to PWDs the “dignity of being able to live a productive life amidst their disabilities by restoring their physical capabilities whether they are amputees, cataract patients, or afflicted with harelip and other facial deformities.”

Ricafort said included in the HELP program was the Walking Free Pampanga mission, which aimed to distribute for free an estimated 500 artificial legs and 1,000 wheelchairs by the end of 2012 to the poor and deserving physically disabled Kapampangans.

He said the HELP program, so far, has catered to 1,185 Filipinos who were suffering from different afflictions from 2008 to 2010.

From 2008 to 2009, beneficiaries for prosthesis have totaled 187; for the same period, wheelchair recipients reached 172, he said.

He also said that from 2008 to 2010, 283 harelip and cleft palate patients received free surgery and cataract and Pterygium surgery was pegged at 543 for a total of 1,075 beneficiaries.

“But all of this could not have been achieved without the help of our selfless and indefatigable partners,” he said.

Other achievement of the CDC-KDF partnership, he said, was the establishment of the Clark Prosthesis Laboratory and Training Center (CPLTC) – a facility that caters to indigent amputees.

Its proximity to surrounding Pampanga communities has helped the poor who need prostheses save on transportation expenses since they do not have to travel to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila , he said.

He also said that since the PGH caters to indigent amputees nationwide, it can only accommodate to a select few.

“But amputees in Pampanga do not have to wait in line at the PGH because the prosthesis center here in Clark can address their needs immediately,” he said.

Another achievement, Ricafort said , was a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) forged between the KDF and the Love for Life Foundation (LFLF) and the Datu-Angeles-David Memorial Foundation (DADMF) for the use and operation of the community-based hospital – Dr. Jesus A. Datu Medical Center (JADMC).

The hospital was built by the family of the late Dr. Jesus A. Datu for indigent people of Pampanga through the LFLF and the DADMF.

The JADMC will be the home-base of KDF in implementing the HELP programs such as maternal and child health care, pre-natal or post-natal services, birthing facility to reduce maternal and child mortality, and an eye center for indigents with cataract or Pterygium, he said. (PNA)

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