DAVAO CITY, April 18, 2017 – President Rodrigo Duterte offered to construct hospitals in the Middle East funded by the Philippine Government to address the hospitalizations of retired overseas foreign workers in the Gulf States.
Duterte made the announcement during his arrival speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport early morning today.
According to the President, even the retirees who had made their homes in the Middle East had found difficulties in getting much needed medical attention.
The retirees either have to seek locally available healthcare or at best come home to the Philippines for their medical needs.
“Well of course, you cannot expect that everything is given free, so marami doong nag-retire na at gusto nang umuwi o kailangan ng medical attention,” President Duterte said.
“Kaya sabi ko, ang hinihingi rin nila is, kailangan nila ang ospital… So I will — we will look for the money and I will ask their permission to establish even just a small, a general hospital to cater to all the health needs of our countrymen,” he said.
Duterte said the OFWs had given too much of themselves for the country, thus the return of the favor.
“Kaunting bagay lang ito para sa akin. Nung pinapadala ng mga Pilipino dito sa bayan natin, malaki masyado. It goes beyond, it contributes to the gross national product and it is a crucial part of the economy. Importante na babayaran naman natin sila ng kaunti and so if it is, find it, na papayag ‘yung mga gobyerno nila, magtatayo tayo ng ospital doon. Marami palang gusto na rin umuwi,” Duterte added.