CITY of San Fernando, Pampanga -- Some 1,000 residents of this province received free hearing aids.
This was done during the recently held community-based Hearing Health Care Program of Starkey Hearing Foundation, in partnership with the provincial government of Pampanga and University of Sto. Tomas (UST), at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here.
Vice Gov. Dennis ‘Delta’ Pineda led the distribution of hearing aids to his more than 1,000 Kabalens amounting to P75 million.
Starkey Hearing Foundation is a US-based foundation which extends help all over the world by giving hearing aids for free. It is also the largest hearing foundation in the world. To date, it has reached three million beneficiaries to more than 100 countries with its vision “So the World May Hear.”
William and Tani Austin, founders of Starkey, went here to bring their philanthropic efforts to hearing-impaired Kapampangans.
Pineda, with Board Member Anthony Joseph Torres, chairperson, committee on health; Dr. Salve Olalia and Dr. Roberto Ang of UST; Dr. Mar Jaochico and Dr. Imelda Ignacio of the Provincial Health Office (PHO); and other officials welcomed the Starkey Hearing Foundation founders and team last November 2 at Clark International Airport (CIA).
They also inaugurated the Pampanga Ear and Hearing Center at Diosdado Macapagal Memorial Hospital, named after William Austin.
Austin vowed that he will give his allout support to the center, including all of its equipment.
“This is my talent, I’m not after the money but to help other people,” Austin said.
When asked why he chose Pampanga, he answered, “We learned that Kapampangans care after their neighbors and it made us come here in the Philippines.”
Pineda stressed that the provincial government, under his and Gov. Lilia ‘Nanay’ Pineda’s leadership, will always prioritize the health of their constituents.
According to him, this is “real service”, to bring the programs closer to the people, intending for a better and healthier community.
The vice governor added it’s a fulfillment to see that this younger generation who experienced defect in hearing, for the first time would receive the gift of hearing.