DOH sets upgrade for PCMC

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014


INSTEAD of eviction, the Philippine Children's Medical Center (PCMC) is now set to get an upgrade, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said that the ball is already rolling for the modernization of the Quezon City-based PCMC.

"Our main goal is to give the children better services and better quality of care because they are the future of our nation," said Ona.

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As a start, the health chief said they have already created the PCMC Modernization Task Force to study the modernization proposal for the hospital.

Ona said the scoping and assessment activities have already been completed by the task force as part of its business case study.

Once plans are finalized, Ona said it needs to go through the prescribed approval process of government projects, which usually takes a year to finish, to be followed by the procurement and bidding processes for the design and build phases, which requires another year.

Finally, Ona said construction of the two buildings is estimated to take an estimated three years.

The plan comes after reports that the National Housing Authority (NHA) has asked PCMC to leave the present establishment, as the former owns the land being occupied by the latter but has not paid for any lease.

However, Ona admitted that the upgraded PCMC may not be where it is located right now.

Ona said the planning to modernize the PCMC is still ongoing as they are still considering the possibility of either just upgrading the present hospital establishment or to transfer it to a new location.

"The truth is the DOH wants to modernize PCMC, either at another location or on its current one, if the latter is found to be the best option," said Ona.

The NHA has already given an asking price of P1.1 billion as payment for the purchase of the 3.8 hectare lot it is currently occupying, noted Ona. (HDT/Sunnex)

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