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Sunday, January 20, 2019

District hospital expands in Malabuyoc

A NEW district hospital building worth more than P51 million will open in Malabuyoc to better serve the town’s constituents and neighbors.

The new building of Mariano J. Cuenco Memorial Hospital, which was recently completed, is a two-story building funded by the Department of Health (DOH).

Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera said the new hospital is not yet operational because it still needs equipment and development in the areas outside the building.

Based on the Cebu Provincial Government’s website, the DOH provided P22.08 million for the construction of the first phase while P29.28 million for the third phase.

According to Provincial Engineer Hector Jamora, the second phase was handled by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Standard

The Provincial Engineering Office explained that the new hospital building is built on DOH standard.

Natera said the DOH conducted the bidding and provided the funding.

The Capitol was assigned to supervise while the construction of the building was on-going.

“Karon, ang building complete na. Facilities ibutang according to DOH. DOH maoy mo-determine sa kulang nga equipment nya mopuno mi (Now, the building is already completed. The hospital facilities will be put in place according to DOH’s standards. DOH will determine the equipment needed while the Capitol will buy for it),” Natera said.

Resolution

The Provincial Planning and Development Office will submit a resolution to the Provincial Development Council endorsing the construction of the hospital facilities.

This will be funded by the Provincial Health Office.

The old building of the district hospital, which is in the town center, is still operating.

The new building is in a separate area, but still within the town center.

Once operations begins, the town officials will have to decide what to do with the old building, probably turn it into a Rural Health Unit, said Natera.

Capitol has not issued a date yet when the operations of the new building of district hospital will start.
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