The Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation Philippines (BTCMF), was incorporated with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2017, but its full operation materialized in 2019, after it was granted a license to operate by the Department of Health as an Ambulatory Surgical Clinic. It is the brainchild of Master Cheng Yeng, a Buddhist nun who also founded the Tzu Chi Foundation. During her charity visits, Dharma Master Cheng Yen realized that many families became poor due to illness or vice versa. She concluded that, to end poverty, illness needed to be taken care of first.
In 2007, the Tzu Chi Clinic was established in Bacood, Sta. Mesa. It offered free dental and eye care services to indigent patients from across the Philippines. In 2016, the clinic underwent renovation with a three-floor structure that features four operating rooms that are equipped with the most advanced ophthalmic technology, and diagnostic rooms as well as a roster of ophthalmologists from a variety of sub specializations. The clinic was renamed Tzu Chi Eye Center which is being run by the Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation Philippines (BTCMF).
BTCMF extends medical and surgical services to the underprivileged individuals. It is affiliated with PhilHealth which partly defrays the cost of medical/surgical procedures of its qualified members. It also forged partnership with the Cardinal Santos Medical Center (Colinas Verdes Hospital Managers Corporation) to ensure that beneficiaries who need management which are beyond the capability of the Foundation are duly attended. To date, the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation of Taiwan fully supports the operations of BTCMF.