Okada Manila donates P15M to UP-PGH

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UP Executive Vice President Teodoro Herbosa (third from left) receives the P15-million check donation to the UP-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) from Okada Manila, represented by its board chairman, Justice Manuel Lazaro. With them are (from left) Dr. Rodney Dofitas, UP-PGH coordinator for linkages; Dr. Nelson Cabaluna, chairman of the UP-PGH Department of Surgery; and Okada Manila officials: President Kenji Sugiyama, Vice President for Corporate Planning Naoshi Nema, Vice President for Legal and Compliance Joemer Perez, Director for Corporate Management and Administration Sumire Kamura, and Corporate Secretary and board member Michelle Lazaro. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
UP Executive Vice President Teodoro Herbosa (third from left) receives the P15-million check donation to the UP-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) from Okada Manila, represented by its board chairman, Justice Manuel Lazaro. With them are (from left) Dr. Rodney Dofitas, UP-PGH coordinator for linkages; Dr. Nelson Cabaluna, chairman of the UP-PGH Department of Surgery; and Okada Manila officials: President Kenji Sugiyama, Vice President for Corporate Planning Naoshi Nema, Vice President for Legal and Compliance Joemer Perez, Director for Corporate Management and Administration Sumire Kamura, and Corporate Secretary and board member Michelle Lazaro. (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

New diagnostic equipment and advanced training for surgeons—these are in store for the UP-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH), following the P15-million donation from Okada Manila on August 8.

The amount provides for the purchase of a fluorescein reading device. According to Dr. Nelson Cabaluna, chairman of the UP-PGH Department of Surgery, this piece of equipment can be used in a wide range of procedures in various medical subspecialties.

The donation also includes grants for UP-PGH surgeons to go to Japan or Hungary and undergo further training in fluorescein-guided operations. The funds will also allow experts from the International University of Health and Welfare in Tokyo, Japan and the Japanese Society for Fluorescence-Guided Surgery to conduct training programs in the Philippines.

In his message, Justice Manuel Lazaro, board chairman of Okada Manila, revealed that the idea of donating to UP-PGH stemmed from one of his conversations with Hajime Tokuda, managing director and board member of Okada Manila, who said he wanted to “contribute to the health and welfare of the Filipino people.” It was then that Lazaro informed him about the University and UP-PGH.

 

Justice Manuel Lazaro, Okada Manila board chairman (left) and Okada Manila President Kenji Sugiyama (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)
Justice Manuel Lazaro, Okada Manila board chairman (left) and Okada Manila President Kenji Sugiyama (Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO)

 

Okada Manila President Kenji Sugiyama added that the donation was a gesture of gratitude to the Philippines. “We were given the opportunity to [do] business [here] as foreigners, so we must contribute and give something in return.”

UP Executive Vice President Teodoro Herbosa, Cabaluna, and Dr. Rodney Dofitas, UP-PGH coordinator for linkages, received the check from Okada Manila. They expressed the University’s gratitude and confidence that the donation can only yield positive results for medical practice and health care in the country. (Arlyn VCD Palisoc Romualdo, UP MPRO)