Province opens P80-M hospital in Sipalay-A A +A
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
NEGROS Occidental opened its P80-million hospital in Sipalay City which is expected to further boost the tourism industry in southern Negros.
Governor Alfredo Marañon led local officials in the blessing ang soft-opening of the Merceditas Montilla District hospital on Monday. The donor of the two-hectare lot, Merceditas Montilla, was also present.
Marañon said the Provincial Government will purchase a decompression chamber for the hospital for divers who are lured by the white sand beaches in southern Negros.
He said the district hospital’s location is very strategic because it can cater to residents in the southernmost parts of Negros who had to travel at least three hours to reach Bacolod City.
The hospital can also accommodate residents of nearby Bayawan, Negros Oriental, the governor said.
Sipalay City Mayor Oscar Montilla said statistics show that in 2012, about 34,000 tourists, mostly Europeans, came to Sipalay City for their diving sorties, and the figure increased by five percent this year.
Montilla said the City Government will construct a helipad within the vicinity of the hospital that can be used for emergency evacuation.
Meanwhile, Merceditas Montilla said the completion of the hospital is a dream come true for her.
She also thanked the Provincial Government for accepting her donation and building the hospital.
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 17, 2013.