Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines, the leading consumer goods manufacturer of health and hygiene products such as Safeguard, Tide, Joy, Head & Shoulders, and Oral-B, recently completed the construction of an eco-friendly health center in Pastrana, Leyte to ensure the community has access to quality health services. This marks the second health center P&G built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
As part of its commitment to highlighting the importance of health and hygiene to Filipinos, P&G has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Philippines to build a health center to improve access to quality health services in the community.
“The new health center will greatly improve access to basic essential healthcare for our residents, making a profound impact on our community’s well-being. We sincerely appreciate P&G’s unwavering support and commitment to enhancing the lives of Filipinos by promoting the importance of health and hygiene,” says Maritess Marcos, Mayor of Pastrana. “This project empowers vulnerable sectors, including women, children, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens by addressing health, hygiene, and sanitation challenges while giving them access to health services”, she added.
The health center is built using eco-bricks made from 64 kilograms of plastic waste produced by the Homeowners Association of North Tacloban Eco-Hub in Kawayanville, Tacloban. The center is equipped with essential medical equipment and facilities. It serves as a vital resource for approximately 1,100 individuals, catering to their healthcare needs and giving them access to proper pre and post-natal care for pregnant women as the center features accredited birthing, labor, and treatment rooms.
“We are grateful for the support of partners like P&G in providing much-needed health centers for Filipinos in rural areas. The community in Pastrana can now have improved access to quality health care and services,” said Lala Baldelovar, Chief Development Officer of Habitat for Humanity Philippines.
For over 87 years, P&G has remained steadfast in its dedication to supporting Filipinos by promoting health and hygiene through its products, partnerships, business, and investments. In April 2021, P&G built its first health center in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in Marilog, Davao to improve the lives of nearly 2,000 individuals in Barangay Baganihan by implementing a comprehensive health and WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) program. The project also focused on educating marginalized and vulnerable groups about health, hygiene, and sanitation. In addition to training sessions and workshops, P&G also provided hygiene kits containing its trusted products from well-loved brands such as Safeguard, Tide, and Whisper to promote proper hygiene.