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Embassy of India
Manila

Press Release

At a simple ceremony held at the Philippine General Hospital, Manila, Ambassador of India, Jaideep Mazumdar, handed over a cheque from Government of India amounting to US $ 200,000 to Shanti Sipani, Chairman of Mahaveer Philippine Foundation Inc, ( MPFI). MPFI, established in 1989, is a non profit & non-government organization based in Manila and has been instrumental in providing free prosthetic limbs developed in India ( Jaipur foot) to the needy Filipino amputees thereby helping them achieve sustainable livelihood. MPFI provides its services at the Philippine General Hospital and has two other centres located at Philippine Orthopedic Center, Quezon ciy and Zamboanga City Medical Center. Fourteen Filipino soldiers injured in Marawi have also benefited from this program.

It may be recalled that during the visit of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, to the Philippines to attend the ASEAN/EAS Summit from Nov 12-14, 2017, he had announced the grant of US $ 200,000 to MPFI for upgradation of its equipment and provision of free prosthetic to poor Filipino beneficiaries when he visited the MPFI Center and interacted with the amputees.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Mazumdar praised MPFI for its remarkable work and changing the lives of thousands of beneficiaries. He further added that this is a good example on how people of India and the Philippines have come together for this noble cause.

In his opening remarks, Enrique Lim, President of MPFI, thanked the Government of India for its generous contribution which will go a long way to alleviate the hardships of amputees. He also recounted the important milestones of MPFI ever since it was established.

Among the invitees who attended the event were Filipino amputees who had been fitted with Jaipur foot, the Vice Mayor of Manila, Maria Lacuna, the Directors of Philippine General Hospital, Congressmen Amado Bagatsing and members of the MPFI board.

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Manila
28 April 2018