19 February 2012
In time with the commemoration of the 124th birth anniversary of Doña Aurora Aragon-Quezon, President Benigno S. Aquino III graced the inauguration ceremony of the newly-improved hospital in Barangay Reserva, Baler, Aurora that is named after the reputable Doña Aurora.
Upon arrival, the President was joined by Health Secretary Enrique Ona, Sen. Edgardo Angara, Aurora Gov. Bellaflor Angara-Castillo, Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara Jr., Mayor Arturo Angara and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe, to tour the modernized Aurora Memorial Hospital building. It has a 50 in-patient capacity and is fully-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. The project, which costs ¥1.09 billion, is funded by the Japanese government through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
He conveyed his utmost gratitude to the government of Japan because it did not waive the completion of the hospital construction despite the natural disasters suffered by their country. He said that this initiative “will only strengthen strategic partnership and foster deeper cooperation and friendship” between Philippines and Japan.
President Aquino pledged that the national government will provide medicine and other medical consumables for the hospital. He also said that the impressive development of the hospital will benefit more Auroran families with practised health workers and professional medical care.