US group gives P90M worth of hearing aids to Dabawenyos
Starkey Hearing Foundation, Inc. founder William Austin led the turn over of complete sets of hearing aids to 1,300 beneficiaries at the Almendras Gym early this week.
“The Starkey project in the city had 1,300 beneficiaries who received hearing aids with a total cost of P90 million,” Starkey Foundation, Inc. co-founder, Tanya Austin, told members of the City Council on Tuesday.
The Foundation has various projects in the Philippines and have been to General Santos City, and now Davao City.
“I think we have found our perfect partner,” Austin said. “We want to be sustainable and scaleable.”
Megan Baiocchi, Starkey International Development Director for Asia Pacific Region, met with city officials and members of the Council last month to update them on the turnover of the free hearing aids.
Starkey is one of the world’s major players in the hearing aid industry, which has embarked on a sustainable hearing program, and is actively involved in the Philippines. Baiocchi said Starkey’s program in the country, is considered its strongest program worldwide.
Dr. Joy Villafuerte. Chief of the City Health Office, said Starkey provided the screening and the experts in the free hearing aid program. The city government, on the other hand, shouldered all other expenses, including transportation, accommodation and other logistics required for the program. CIO