ILOILO – The provincial government has started the expansion of Ramon Tabiana Memorial District Hospital in Cabatuan on Monday.
The two-story facility will provide 20 new private rooms and an air-conditioned ward for patients covered by Philippine Health Insurance Corp., according to hospital chief Dr. Francisco Quiñon.
The project under Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.’s Health Efficiency Assurance through Reform and Transformation (HEART) costs P52-million and will be finished 16 months from now.
It will be situated in a more or less 500 square meter lot adjacent to the existing 50-bed hospital. The new site is donated by Bueñaflor, Bermejo and Javelosa families.
“This hospital, once finished, is a concrete testament or manifestation of the governor’s commitment to improve the delivery of basic health services in the district,” said Provincial Administrator Raul Banias.
Banias revealed that since Defensor’s return as governor in 2010, Iloilo, with the support of the national government and foreign agencies like Korean International Cooperation Agency, has invested closed to P1-billion in hospital improvements.
In this project alone, he also revealed that the province saved some P14 million from the P66-million approved budget for the contract (ABC) through a competitive bidding.
“Health is among the governor’s top priorities and he is doing everything to deliver the change he envisioned for our hospitals,” he said.
But Banias stressed that “as we embark on this, we also expect our doctors and nurses to cooperate since the success of the hospital is highly dependent on (the kind of services the) human resource (will provide),” he said.
Meanwhile, Congressman Arthur Defensor Jr. congratulated the province and management of hospital. He also thanked the lot donors behind the project.
The governor’s son likewise expressed support to the health projects of the provincial government.
“You cannot get this kind of project or any financial support for that matter, if they (referring to DOH and KOICA) do not trust the leaders of this province. With that, I congratulate you all,” he said.
The hospital medical-nursing service area and Philhealth annex building, once finished, will not only serve the patients from Cabatuan but as well as its neighbouring towns – Maasin, Sta. Barbara and Pavia. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)