Toyota, SPMC partner to create DCPO ward for sick, injured cops

The Davao City Police Office (DCPO), Toyota Davao and the Southern Philippines Medical Center inked a memorandum of agreement on Monday afternoon for the establishment of a police ward to treat personnel who need surgeries.

The DCPO ward has two separate rooms with a total of six beds. However, the beds may be increased depending on the need.

Under the agreement, the Department of Surgery will provide surgical services to patients, such as patient management, pre-operational surgical services, and surgical care.

In an interview yesterday, DCPO chief Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum said that Toyota Davao will provide financial support for the two rooms.

“This is the modern part of the Southern Philippines Medical Center that is allotted for the DCPO but if there is no patient coming from us, then it could also be used for the other patients who need it,” Tagum added.

Tagum said that the agreement serves as a guarantee that police officers who need surgical attention will always have a room in the SPMC.

“We are also assured of support from the surgical department wherein if there are policemen who need surgery due to sickness or in line of duty… we will be provided with world-class surgical facilities of SPMC,” he said.

But he clarified that the whole service won’t be free. Police officers who are admitted to the hospital will also shoulder some of the medical costs.

He then thanked the president of Toyota Davao president Boyet Lim and SPMC chief Dr. Leopoldo Vega and the director of the surgical department, Dr. Mark Edward Maruya, for “their generosity and kindness.”

The Toyota Davao, on the other hand, will renovate the rooms for DCPO at its own expense from masonry to full furnishings.

Only active members of DCPO are eligible for admission to the DCPO ward subject to the availability of beds. It will also be limited only to stable surgical patients, not requiring Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where hospital expenses will be covered by Philhealth.

The privilege is not extended to immediate families.

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