DEPARTMENT of Health (DOH) Secretary Paulyn Jean Rossel-Ubial led Monday, February 6, the groundbreaking ceremonies for the implementation of two projects worth P293.8 million at the government-owned Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC).

The groundbreaking ceremonies, held one after the other, were preceded by the contract signing between ZCMC Chief Romeo Ong and representatives of the Benram Construction and AIMM Builder and Construction Supply as the signatories aside from Ubial.

The projects include the construction of P234.5-million five-storey Central Block Tower 1 with roof deck and the P59.2-million Emergency and Critical Care Center.

Ubial said the completion of the projects will upgrade the capacity and capability of the ZCMC to serve better the health needs especially of the poor and the marginalized.

She said the provision of better health services to the poor and the marginalized sectors is one of the cornerstones of the Philippine health agenda under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The Central Block Tower 1 will house the Departments of Surgery, Pediatrics, Surgical and Pediatrics Intensive Care Unit, Pediatrics Cancer Unit, Burnt Unit, Geriatrics Unit, 20 private rooms, chapel and conference room.

The AIMM Builder and Construction Supply will build the five-storey Tower 1 building in 600 calendar days. The tower, including the roof deck, will have a total area of 11,880 square meters.

Ong said the Emergency and Critical Care Center will house the laboratory, X-ray, operating room for trauma cases, women and child protection unit, pharmacy, 32 beds for critical care and a morgue.

The Emergency and Critical Care Center will be constructed by the Benram Construction firm in 365-calendar day duration.

DOH Regional Director Aristides Tan and Health Undersecretary for Administration, Finance and Procurement Achilles Gerard Bravo, as well as other health officials stood as witnesses to the contract signing for the two multi-million projects. (SunStar Philippines)