Telecom company and its digital healthcare arm enable access to Bukidnon tribe in Cabanglasan
The Umayamnon Indigenous Peoples (IP) community in Cabanglasan, Bukidnon has now been provided access to quality healthcare. Metro Pacific Investments Corporation, through its digital healthcare arm, mWell, and Smart Communications recently partnered with Fr. Leoni Mission Foundation to bring healthcare closer to the said IP community.
The group turned over one mWell ‘OnTheGo’ package, a portable digital clinic in a bag that contains a smartphone and a tablet with built-in mWell app, health passes for free online consultations, a Smart Bro pocket Wi-Fi with load, and medical devices. The innovative tool enables the Umayamnon community to talk to doctors more easily, making healthcare accessible for IPs.
mWell CEO and President and MPIC Chief Finance, Risk, and Sustainability Officer Chaye Cabal-Revilla said, “As the country’s first and only healthcare mega app, mWell’s purpose is to make health and wellness accessible, available, and affordable to all Filipinos anytime, anywhere. Using the power of technology, we are committed to providing remote areas and IP communities access to quality healthcare. Recognizing that good health is very important for livelihood and improving the overall quality of life, our fully integrated, sustainable, and future proof digital platform will continue to be an instrument for our country’s sustainable development.”
Far from major developments, ethnic tribes face difficulties in going to hospitals or clinics. “This will help us a lot in providing primary healthcare for Umayamnons who are often left at the peripheries because of distance and marginalization,” said Fr. Ambrosio Flores, S.J., FLMFI Director.
FLMFI started its telemedicine program to cater to the needs of IP groups in the province. Through MPIC’s mWell mobile application, various communities can now consult with a doctor online without needing to travel to the city.