Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno led the opening of the largest free dialysis center in the Philippines, and possibly also in the entire Asia-Pacific region on Thursday, his exact birthday.
The Flora Valisno Siojo Dialysis Center was named before the grandmother of former Mayor Alfredo Lim who’s also present during the said event.
Moreno said that they decided to name the dialysis center before Lim’s grandmother because he wanted the people of Manila to remember their former Mayor who handled the city for 12 years.
‘Isa itong maliit na pagkilala sa 12 taong serbisyo ni Mayor Lim sa Maynila. Makikilala ngayon itong ‘Siojo Dialysis Center’ bilang pinakamalaki sa Pilipinas.’ Moreno said.
According to Moreno, there will be more than 100 dialysis machines in the said building, bigger than the National Kidney Institute.
He also said that they would prioritize poor people to use the dialysis machines for free which normally cost around P4,000 to P2,000 per session.
Meanwhile, Lim was full of gratitude to Moreno’s decision saying that the latter can be a good President in the future.
“Tiyak na tiyak, magiging Pangulo (siya), dahil sa ngayon wala naman tayong nakikita na maaring maging Pangulo ng bansa, sa ngayon… ewan ko yung iba, baka hindi pa pinapanganak, sigurado na si President Isko ang magiging Pangulo natin,” he said.
“Pero ang masakit non, baka nasa sementeryo na ako non, hindi na ko pwedeng pumalakpak, pero alam niya na pinagdarasal ko ang kanyang tagumpay,” he added.
Mayor Isko only smiled while listening to Lim’s praises.