Medical Center Trading Corporation (MCTC) began as a modest provider of pharmaceuticals and basic surgical implements to the country's medical and healthcare industries. Rodolfo Landahl, a Filipino of German ancestry, established it in 1946 under the name Medical Center Drug Corporation.
In a few years, the firm was sold to Metro Drug Corp. and thereafter, in April 1970, was acquired by Mercury Drug Corporation. The Mercury Group of Companies, Inc. was then established in 1972 during the time when Medical Center Drug Corp. and Mercury Drug both became subsidiaries. The two companies operated independently of each other, focusing their individual resources to their own customer base.
Medical Center Drug Corporation officially changed its name to Medical Center Trading Corporation (MCTC) on July 1, 1980. The intention was to underscore the difference in its business scope from that of Mercury Drug. It further paved the way for a more aggressive effort by MCTC to determine the unique needs of its own growing market. In less than five years, MCTC became a leader in the importation, distribution, and marketing of hospital, medical, dental, surgical and laboratory equipment and supplies. Also, the BMD (Brand Management Department) group is formed to address the growing needs of the industry and product research and development. A Product Manager heads each Department.
Today, MCTC has numerous branches in Metro Manila, Cebu City, Davao City, Iloilo City, Lipa City, San Fernando City, Pampanga, and Urdaneta City in Pangasinan. A scheme for expanding to all 13 regions of the country is soon to be implemented to service hospitals, clinics, and laboratories.
MCTC remains to be a subsidiary of the Mercury Group of Companies, Inc.
To be the country's complete and primary source of quality products comprised of hospital, medical and laboratory equipment/devices and supplies and other alternative healthcare products, complimented with reliable and efficient customer service therefore be recognized as the leading organization in the medical and healthcare industries.
-To maintain leadership in the distribution of high-quality yet affordable brands of hospital, medical, and laboratory equipment and supplies, and other alternative healthcare products, by preserving the availability of its stocks at all times, and by sustaining its competent and dependable customer service.
-To design, create, and develop its own brand of medical supplies, which can be marketed globally by ensuring competitive quality and pricing.
-To provide employees with a well-defined career advancement and other opportunities, fair and just compensation and benefits, as well as adequate and effective training in human resources development.
-To be a well-managed organization that uses a tested and effective business processes through the latest in information technology.
-To provide shareholders with a fair return of investments.
The Brand Management Department
MCTC formed a marketing arm composed of Product Managers, each specializing in his/her own product line. This group is tasked to source, explore and research of various medical, hospital, surgical, dental, and laboratory products that are available in the market worldwide. After an extensive evaluation, analysis and proper documentation from the different government agencies, the products are then channeled for local distribution through a well funded campaign of advertisement.
The BMD are grouped into:
- Personal & Home Health Care Division –Mr. Bienamor Piesa, Product Manager
- Hospital Health Care Division – Mr. Raymund Estilo, Product Manager
- Specialty Health Care Division – Mr. Gilbert Marinay, Product Manager
- Meridian Medical Supply Division – Ms. Corazon A. Bisquera, Product Manager
- Medic Diagnostic Division – Ms. Thelma C. Lagrimas, Product Manager
- Medicent/Indent – Mr. Ronald Braganza/Mr. Arnel Hinagpis – Indent Supervisors