ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 21 Nov) – The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) pledged to help put up a P1.5-million day care center in the southern Philippine port city of Zamboanga.
Called the Bahay Bulilit project, local government officials led by Mayor Celso Lobregat praised the RMHC for choosing Zamboanga as one the recipients of the day care center.Zamboanga City donated a site in the village of Santa Maria where the day care center would be constructed, Lobregat said.
McDonald’s vice president for marketing Margot Torres said the center would benefit poor children.“Through the Bahay Bulilit project, we hope not only to share our blessings with the under privileged, but likewise encourage others to be involved, through the program’s various activities,” she told reporters.
McDonald’s also donated day care centers in the provinces of Laguna, Batangas, Bataan and Cebu. By creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children, RMHC is working to better the lives of children and their families around the world.
The three core programs of RMHC - the Ronald McDonald House, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile - are focused on helping families in need.
The Ronald McDonald House program began in 1974 based on a simple idea: Provide a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.
Since that time, more than 10 million families around the world have benefited from the comfort provided by a Ronald McDonald House.
The Ronald McDonald Family Room program extends the comfort of a Ronald McDonald House to a hospital setting. Typically located just steps from neonatal or pediatric intensive care units, the Family Room provide a place to escape the stress and tension of the hospital.
Through relationships with local health care providers, the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile program brings cost-effective medical, dental and health education services directly to underserved children in both rural and urban areas around the world.
In addition to supporting the core programs, RMHC and its global network in 48 countries have awarded more than $400 million dollars in grants and program services. (Mindanao Examiner)