A CRANIOFACIAL CENTER
PBM's Legacy to the Nation
• UPDATES ON THE PROJECT
cleft & craniofacial anomalies are among
the most common birth defects in the world.
Incidence rates are particularly high in
Asia. In the Philippines, the birth prevalence
of oral clefts is estimated to be 2 for
every 1,000 live births. There are about
3,500 – 4,000 Filipino children born with
cleft and craniofacial anomalies yearly.
Many more are either born with cleft craniofacial
deformities or acquire these through accidents
or injuries. Like other birth defects ,
the burden of cleft or craniofacial deformities
is significant with regard to medical treatment
which involves not only surgery but rehabilitation
as well. Many of these conditions are not
life-threatening, and with attention and
help given on time, afflicted
individuals can go on to live normal lives
and become productive members of society.
Majority of those affected by these conditions
come from marginalized families, with no
means to sources for the needed medical
attention and follow-up services for the
patient. People with these defects may also
experience emotional, psychological &
social problems from low self-esteem because
of this defect.
16 November 2005
the groundbreaking ceremony of the Craniofacial
Center last November 16, 2005 at PBM East
From left: PBM Chairman Bob C. Mirani, Quezon
City Mayor Feliciano Belmonte, PMPMI Managing
Director Chris Nelson, PMAL Corporate Affairs
Vice President Ilwoo Chong, PBM President
Jeus Perez Cardenas, Medical Advisory Council
Member Dr. Hector Santos Jr. and PMPMI Corporate
Affairs Director Ms. Bayen Elero
There is no Craniofacial
Center in the South East Asia region, except
for Singapore. A Center in the Philippines
can provide the needed services for nearby
countries. The number of doctors in the
country who can attend to craniofacial anomalies
is limited. The Center will be geared to
provide training and continuing education
to Filipino doctors, as well as those from
neighboring countries. More research is
needed to get a database on Philippine craniofacial
cases and conditions.
The Craniofacial Center will
have beneficiaries from local
regional and even international areas.
Individual afflicted by craniofacial anomalies
such as cleft lip & palate,
hydrocephalus, meningoceole and other craniofacial
• Surgeons and doctors involved in
• Professionals and health workers
involved in interdisciplinary care.
• Researches on preventive & treatment
measures for craniofacial anomalies.
• Local communities and countries
in the South East Asia region which
have no facilities to handle these conditions.
• Families and people related to the
individual with craniofacial anomalies.
To set up a world class Craniofacial Center
in the Philippines.
To Make surgical procedures and support
care services for craniofacial
anomalies readily available for financially-disadvantaged
To provide training opportunities for doctors
who wish to specialize
in craniofacial surgery.
To provide craniofacial surgeons and medical
& health professionals in
other disciplines, with opportunities for
further training and continuing
To make available facilities for research
work on preventive and
treatment procedures and services
for craniofacial anomalies.
To promote activities for joint collaboration
in craniofacial services
and facilities with professional
societies and organizations in the
Philippines as well as other countries.
To culminate PBM`s commitment to provide
surgical and medical
services to children with craniofacial
cost of the physical structures (1,500 sqm
effective area) for the Center is estimated
at Php 16M. Medical equipment required is
estimated to cost Php 150M.
support the Craniofacial Center, PBM is
intensifying its resource mobilization and
strengthening its Craniofacial Center Perpetual
Endowment Fund. This Fund will provide the
resources needed for the construction of
the Center, and the operation and maintenance
of its programs and services.
The core of the Endowment
Fund comes from 30% of PBM rentals which
are placed in fixed income investments.
Only the interest of the Trust Fund will
be used for the operation & maintenance
of the program, activities and maintenance
of the Craniofacial Center. The
principal will remain untouched, to insure
the continuity & sustainability of the
is scheduled to have a soft opening on Y2010
and a full opening on Y2010. PBM will be
commemorating its 75th Diamond Anniversary
UPDATES ON THE PROJECT
(As of October 1, 2006)
1. The first phase of the project is now completed with the construction of the building that accommodates our administrative office and the interdisciplinary services required for craniofacial care.
2. Also completed are the parking facilities to accommodate 70 vehicles. This is an integral part of the project as this will be a source of funding for the project.
3. We intend to undertake this project in stages. We are presently on stage two which consists in the preparation of the architectural plans that will allow the construction to be erected in phases with each phase becoming operative upon its completion.
4. Our staff and the Medical Advisory Council is meeting regularly with the architects for this purpose. We are also in negotiations with prospective builders.
5. Our resources generation program is working continuously both for individual donors as well as corporate and overseas donors.
6. We are presently working at establishing a diagnostic center through a partnership with a group of doctors that would serve not only the requirements of the Craniofacial Center but also those of specialty hospitals in the area. This would also be a source of funding for our Craniofacial
Center . This facility will be at the ground floor of our Administrative Building A is scheduled to start by the First Quarter of Y2007.
The remaining phases are scheduled as follows:
Phase 2 - Y2008
Phase 3 - Y2010
Phase 4 - Y2012
For more information regarding the PBM Craniofacial Center of the Philippines, click this email link: info@craniofacialcenterphilippines