Groundbreaking of KOICA assisted hospitals set 


ILOILO – The renovation and upgrading of three remote hospitals in this province will finally start after the successful bidding made by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

KOICA’s Construction Manager Joon Bahng visited Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. on Thursday and cited January 27 as the groundbreaking date for this multi-million project.

KOICA is providing the province with US$7-million grant for Iloilo Geographically Isolated and Disadvantage Area (GIDA) Health System Strengthening Project covering the modernization of district hospitals in Alimodian, Balasan and Calinog.

Of the grant, US$3.08-million will be spent for the construction of two-story building which will host the emergency room, delivery complex and ward of Aleosan District Hospital in Alimodian.

The budget will also cover the construction of two-story building for the administration office, delivery complex, nurse station and nursing units of Dr. Ricardo S. Provido Sr. Memorial Hospital in Calinog.

In Jesus M. Colmenares District Hospital in Balasan, the budget will fuel the construction of their delivery room and ward complex to increase their bed capacity.

FSPHIL Corporation, a firm established in 2009, will be the contractor.

FSPHIL Director Kwon Hoon told the governor that they already mobilized their heavy equipment for the ground works.

The construction and commissioning of the three hospitals are expected to be finished in 14 months.

The Iloilo GIDA Heath System Strengthening Project aims to improve the maternal and child health index of the province.

It will also enhance the access to basic healthcare services in rural health units of Alimodian, Leon, San Miguel, Calinog, Bingawan, Balasan, Batad, Estancia and Carles. #2015News

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