THE private sector donated a hectare of land in Barangay Sampaloc in Apalit as site of a new and publicly-funded community hospital.

Jen Tetangco, Asscom Multi-purpose Cooperative, Nature Realty, Linde and Prime Source gave the land where the 1,496-square-meter hospital will rise.

The Department of Public Works and Highways’ Pampanga First District Engineering Office (DPWH’s Pampanga 1st DEO) presented the design of the hospital to Governor Dennis Pineda and Apalit Mayor Oscar Tetangco Jr. on Wednesday, January 26.

The first phase, worth P70.2 million, was funded by the General Appropriations Act under the National Building Program, according to Alfie Lejarde, maintenance section chief of DPWH’s Pampanga 1st DEO.

The four-story hospital features 24 five-bed wards, including rooms for radiology, ob-gyn, maternity, pharmacy, dental, pediatrics and surgery.

It needed around P170 million more, which is being sourced, for additional works, Lejarde said.

Pineda thanked the DPWH for helping secure the initial funding.

The Provincial Government will oversee the operations of the community hospital, he said.

The local government of Apalit committed to do site development, Tetangco said.

“Go na go na po ang first phase,” the governor said, adding this would be the 11th public hospital in Pampanga.

The province operates the Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Provincial Hospital and 10 district hospitals. (Pampanga PIO)