KORONADAL CITY, Sept 21 (PIA) -- If commitments were to be counted, the provincial government of South Cotabato has at least P52 M fund for the construction of a public hospital in nearby Surralah town.
Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. in a meeting with the press this morning announced that three partners, namely: San Miguel Corporation (SMC), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) have signified to finance the construction of the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH) annex in Surallah.
Recently, Gov. Pingoy went to Metro Manila to sign a memorandum of understanding with the San Miguel Corporation for a P30-million assistance package for the province, including P15 million for the planned hospital.
While in Metro Manila, he also met with Health Secretary Enrique Ona regarding possible financial assistance under the DOH’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program.
He said Ona has committed to give the province at least P30 million. The governor is confident Sec. Ona’s promise will be realized.
While serving as the representative of South Cotabato’s Second District, Pingoy was instrumental for the release of of P23 million for the upgrading of several health facilities in the province, including that of Polomolok and Lake Sebu municipalities and SCPH.
He also announced that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has also committed to pour in P7M for the project.
The provincial government in now complying with DILG assistant secretary for plans and programs Eubert Gutierrez’s directive to submit the project’s program plan for possible funding.
Meanwhile, a five-hectare lot where the annex hospital will be established has been identified by the local government unit of Surallah.
Gov. Pingoy said the provincial government expects Surallah Mayor Romulo Solivio to hand in the deed of donation anytime soon.
He said he has already directed Dr. Rogelio Aturdido Jr., chief of the Integrated Provincial Health Office to fast track the making of the hospitals design.
Construction of the hospital is expected to start in the first quarter of 2012 for a target soft opening of the health facility in the second or third quarter.
Gov. Pingoy added that this government hospital that will cater to patients in the Upper Valley area, including the municipalities of Surallah, Sto. Nino, Lake Sebu, Norala, T’boli and Banga, the provincial hospital in Koronadal City will surely be decongested.
SCPH has a capacity for 220 beds but the number of patients served here reaches as many as 240 to 320. About 24 percent of the patients are from the Upper Valley area. (PIA 12)