“We are delighted to partner with CTSI to bring much-needed affordable quality cancer care services to more Filipinos. This project is part of our broader commitment to continue to invest in the country despite the pandemic. We are also excited to be locating the hospital next to Arca South, one of our up-and-coming developments at Ayala Land. By bringing together our local knowledge and AC Health’s network, with CTSI’s operational and clinical expertise, we have the unique opportunity to redefine cancer care in the Philippines,” said Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Chairman of the Board of AC Health.
“Cancer continues to be the third leading cause of death in the Philippines, and treatment has become even more complex amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. AC Health is committed to provide our patients with more affordable high-quality cancer care, especially in this time of need. This cancer hospital is envisioned to be an integral pillar of our integrated healthcare ecosystem. With this hospital as our future referral hub, our network of Healthway specialty and family clinics can provide cancer screening programs, while our pharma companies, IE Medica and MedEthix, can source more affordable cancer medicines for our patients,” AC Health President and CEO Paolo Borromeo said.CTSI, a Varian company, is a leading oncology services provider that has supported the delivery of safe, quality, and affordable cancer care worldwide for nearly two decades. CTSI provides clinical services and solutions to over 100 hospitals, clinics, and physician groups around the world with a focus on multidisciplinary oncology care. CTSI’s evidence-based delivery model uses technology-enabled solutions to accelerate the adoption of advanced technology, enable operational efficiency and clinical safety, and rapidly improve patient access to high-quality treatment options.
“We are excited to partner with AC Health to establish the first cancer specialty hospital in the Philippines. We are committed to our mission of improving patient outcomes while reducing the cost of cancer care, especially in countries that need it most. Our strategic partnership with AC Health spans the entire cancer care continuum from diagnosis through treatment and follow up, and our vision is fully aligned with AC Health’s goal to provide quality and affordable comprehensive cancer care to Filipinos,” Andrew Shogan, Senior Vice President of CTSI added.
The hospital will be built at the FTI Complex in Taguig City, adjacent to Ayala Land’s Arca South development. Arca South is envisioned to be the next mixed-use commercial, residential, and transportation hub. This central location provides easy accessibility for residents of the Greater Metro Manila Area, as well as for patients flying in from the provinces, owing to its proximity to NAIA.
“The Food Terminal Incorporated is delighted and encouraged that AC Health will be using the FTI lot to build a stand-alone cancer hospital that will provide comprehensive high quality and affordable cancer care services. FTI’s new strategic direction under the current administration’s AMBISYON NATIN 2020 aspires for a strongly rooted, comfortable, and secure life. It is hoped that this ground-breaking partnership between AC Health and FTI for cancer treatment will make this dream a reality,” FTI President and CEO Ariel Buenaventura added.
In 2019, AC Health reported that it would invest over P2Bn for the facility. The cancer hospital will be a specialized center, equipped with diagnostic equipment (including a PET Scan), chemotherapy facilities, linear accelerators for advanced radiation therapy, and operating rooms for the specialist surgeons. Apart from offering a comprehensive range of services, the hospital will be led by some of the top local oncologists. As part of the hospital’s leadership, AC Health has established a Medical Advisory Council, composed of leading local medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists, as well as experts from CTSI and other specialists, to assist in the design and development of the hospital.
In the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis, AC Health responded to the difficulty that both cancer patients and oncologists face as they seek treatment, by repurposing Healthway Medical Greenbelt 5 into a cancer specific unit that will serve the needs of oncology patients. The Chemotherapy Infusion Center at Healthway Greenbelt 5, which meets DOH regulatory and safety standards, can accommodate up to 15 cancer patients for chemotherapy per day.
With the finalization of the partnership and site, construction will begin in early 2021, and the hospital is expected to be operational in 2023.
Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (AC Health) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ayala Corporation, and serves as the portfolio company for healthcare businesses. Its vision is to build an ecosystem that links every patient to a seamless healthcare experience. Its portfolio includes Generika Drugstore, the pioneer in generic retail pharmacies, IE Medica and MedEthix, major pharmaceutical importer and distributor, FamilyDOC, the country’s largest primary care clinic network, and Healthway Medical, one of the most trusted brands of mall-based multi-specialty and corporate clinics in the country. AC Health is also investing in health technology solutions, such as its HealthTech arm, Vigos Health Technologies, MedGrocer, a medicine benefits management company, AIDE, a home health care platform, Fibronostics, an algorithm-based health-risk assessment tool, and ObvioHealth, a digital clinic trials platform.
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TAGUIG, Philippines – Food Terminal Incorporated (FTI) remains committed in its mission in providing accessible and modern facilities for agricultural producers to link with consumers.
On June 2020, the FTI Board of Directors, thru the FTI Bids and Awards Committee (FTI-BAC), awarded the contract for the Renovation/Improvement of the Trading Post at Lot 92-A of the FTI-Special Economic Zone to BAP Construction and Development Corporation at a contract price of Php 23,153,238.35. The bidding was thru Negotiated Procurement under Republic Act No. 11469, or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act.”
FTI-BAC is composed of its Chairman - John Gabriel Benedict C. Trinidad III, Vice-Chairman - Katherine May R. Villariza, together with its members: Hermenegildo P. Villaruel, Anthony C. Victorio, and Ronald Olivares.
The project aims assist the national government in distributing goods during the state of national emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also response to the call of the national government in providing best services to every Filipino citizen. The images below, shows the progress of the project, including the demolition of existing structures, which started in June 2020, in preparation for renovation:
The renovation project, includes the following, based on BAP’s proposals: