Construction of 11-storey building for Dagupan’s R1MC assured

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014


DAGUPAN CITY -- Construction of an 11-storey building to become the main building of the Region 1 Medical Center (R1MC) here and eventually made into 1,500-bed capacity is already a certainty.

Dr. Roland Mejia, R1MC chief, said structural engineers are now analyzing the result of the soil test they had conducted from samples they obtained at the back of the present hospital preparatory to starting the construction.

This is being done given the fact that the soil in Dagupan is liquefaction-prone, which was manifested when Dagupan experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in July 1990 when buildings -- as a result of the tremor -- sank and tilted.

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However, Dr. Leonila Bautista, associate scientist of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), said earlier that although liquefaction-prone, the soil of Dagupan can still hold an 11-storey building if it is given a piling foundation and follow the standard of the building code.

Mejia said more than P300 million have already been released and is now in the hands of the Department of Health (DOH)-Central Office to bankroll Phase 1 of the project, which is good for the construction of the first three floors of the building.

Phase 2 of the project, which will cover the remaining eight floors, Mejia said, is expected to be completed before President Benigno Aquino III completes his term of office in 2016.

R1MC is now a 600-bed hospital and once the 11-storey building is completed, its capacity will be expanded to 1,500 beds, soon to be the biggest government hospital outside of Metro Manila.

Pangasinan Representative Gina de Venecia, who was instrumental in passing a bill into a law converting R1MC from 300 to 600-bed capacity, said plans are afoot to make R1MC as the cancer center and heart and lung center of the north.

R1MC is already capable to undertake organ transplantation as shown by last year's kidney transplant from one healthy donor to a patient-recipient. (PNA)

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