State university rising, community hospital eyed in Arayat town

DONATION. Arayat mayoralty candidate Vice Mayor Sixto Mallari (left) receives the P3-million donation from American investor and businessman John Austin. The donation will be used for the ongoing construction of the state university in the town being initiated by Team Pogi. (Chris Navarro)
DONATION. Arayat mayoralty candidate Vice Mayor Sixto Mallari (left) receives the P3-million donation from American investor and businessman John Austin. The donation will be used for the ongoing construction of the state university in the town being initiated by Team Pogi. (Chris Navarro)

MAYORALTY bet Vice Mayor Sixto Mallari is keeping his commitment to build a state university and community hospital in Arayat town even before he is elected as next local chief executive.

On Sunday, February 27, Mallari said the construction of the proposed state university inside a 1.4-hectare land is already ongoing.

The land property was also purchased by Mallari from his travel allowances as vice mayor, which he was able to save in the past three years.

“As of now, natambakan na at natapos na mabakuran iyong lugar at magiging tuluy-tuloy na ang construction nito,” Mallari said.

He added that the construction of the 33-room school building will immediately follow to ensure that the structure will be ready to cater future students.

He said the funds for the construction of the school building were donated by one of his business partners — business process outsourcing owner John Austin — amounting to some P3 million.

“Si Mr. John Austin ay isa sa mga naniniwala sa laban natin para sa bayan kaya nagdonate siya nga P3-million para sa construction ng ating 33-classroom building,” he said.

Austin, for his part, said that his donation for the project is a manifestation of his trust on the leadership of Mallari.

“What I know about Vice Mayor Mallari is he is an honorable man. His heart is for the people and not for the money. He’s here to help and that’s why I want to be involved and see him become a mayor because although I’m American by birth by I’m Filipino by choice and this is my community as well now and I want to see it progress,” he said.

Community hospital

Meanwhile, Mallari said he is eyeing the construction of the community hospital on the second year of his term, if elected as the next mayor.

He said it will also be located inside the same land property just beside the proposed state university.

“Although meron kaming district hospital dito, gusto natin na magkaroon din ng community hospital na ang priority talaga ay mga Arayateño,” he said.

He is also eyeing the opening of a dialysis center, which will be owned by him and his business partners, but services will be free for PhilHealth member Arayateños.

“Private iyong dialysis center pero magiging libre pa rin lahat at mapakikinabangan ng mga kabalen natin dito basta meron silang PhilHealth,” Mallari said.

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