By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO, Correspondent
DAVAO City — Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) and Alsons Properties, Inc. have signed an agreement with St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) for the opening of a hospital in Davao City by 2022.
Janice A. Parreno, Abreeza Ayala Mall operations manager, said the partnership was signed Tuesday by top officials of the three firms, including Editha I. Alcantara and Nicasio I. Alcantara of the Alcantara Group, ALI President and Chief Executive Officer Bernard Vincent O. Dy, and SLMC President and Chief Executive Officer Edgardo R. Cortez.
“This world class health facility will benefit the people of the city and the other areas within the Davao Region and the rest of Mindanao. They need not fly to Manila to seek the best health care,” Ms. Parreno said in an interview.
SLMC, which has two of the biggest medical facilities in Metro Manila, is a tertiary-level private hospital.
The planned SLMC hospital will be built within the 25-hectare Azuela Cove, a mixed-use real estate project by Aviana Development Corporation, a joint venture between ALI and the Alsons Group.
The Azuela Cove, located in the old plywood factory of the Alcantara group in the Lanang area, is scheduled for formal launching before the end of the year, according to Ms. Parreno.
Based on the development plan presented to the Davao City Investment Promotion Center, Azuela Cove will have condominiums, commercial spaces, office buildings, other health facilities, and a tourism component. Ayala Land has already partnered with Mercado General Hospital, Inc. for a chain of clinics and hospitals. Last year, the joint venture opened a QualiMed hospital in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, its first in Luzon.
Aside from the QualiMed Hospital-San Jose Del Monte, the company’s network includes the Daniel O. Mercado Medical Center in Tanauan, Batangas, and another QualiMed Hospital in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
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