THE Provincial Board of Negros Occidental approved the P50-million supplemental budget on Wednesday as counterpart fund of the provincial government for the construction of Sagay District Hospital.

Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante, chairman of finance committee, said the construction of Sagay District Hospital, which started with the funding of the City Government, had been stalled because of the delay in the approval of the loan of the province.

"With the SP's approval of the appropriation ordinance, the construction of the hospital can now proceed," Escalante said.

In 2011, the Provincial Board approved a resolution giving Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. the authority to avail a loan in the Land Bank of the Philippines and the bank forwarded the documents to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for approval. It was only last year that the BSP Monetary Board approved the loan application.

The 100-bed Sagay District Hospital has a project cost of P200 million.

The government-run hospital located in Barangay Bato, Sagay City will continue its operation despite the existence of another hospital because it also provides medical services to the patients from Calatrava, Toboso, and hinterlands of Cadiz City, Escalante said.