A KOREAN firm will put up a hospital bed manufacturing plant in Cebu that will train and employ Filipinos.
Taedong Prime Co. Ltd. of South Korea will put up the pilot facility in Cebu under an agreement with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Central Visayas and the Medical Support Research Development (MSRD).
Taedong Prime will introduce Korean technology in the manufacture of high quality hospital beds and medical equipment.
Jesus Zamora Jr., DOST 7 officer-in-charge for the technical services division, said the program aims to manufacture less costly hospital beds that will carry the Philippine brand.
Rhee Rio, general manager of MSRD, said the first batch of 40 Filipino workers from different areas in Central Visayas will undergo a 40-day training. They will receive a daily allowance of P300 each.
MSRD director Sung Ho “Charlie” Shin said that this is the first time that a Korean technology will be transferred to the Philippines.
The idea for the Korean technology transfer was proposed by the late DOST 7 director Reneburt Llanto.
Zamora said Llanto learned about the need for more medical equipment from the Department of Health. He said Llanto approached MSRD, which is affiliated with Taedong Prime, to discuss a possible technology transfer.
Last September 2013, Llanto and MSRD director Kim San Hoon formally set the terms of reference for the project and it was agreed that a production facility will be set up at DOST 7 office in Sitio Sudlon, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City.
Llanto died last Nov. 1, 2013, two months after signing an agreement with the the Koreans.
Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III said the Korean firm can supply local clinics and hospitals.
“This project will be very helpful to local medical facilities, especially those owned by the government. This will also be very helpful to local labor, local businessmen and to the Cebu economy in general,” said Davide.