PGMA pledges funds for
new Diosdado Macapagal Provincial Hospital in Southern Leyte, says
By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern
MAASIN CITY, Southern
Leyte – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has assured to contribute
an unspecified amount for the construction of a new provincial
hospital to be located in a sprawling vacant lot at barangay Dongon,
some five kilometers to the interior portion of this city.
This was revealed by
Gov. Damian Mercado, who said the new health facility will be named
Diosdado Macapagal Provincial Hospital to honor President Arroyo’s
late father, the country’s President in the 1960s.
In a chance
interaction with local media at the Governor’s office last week, Gov.
Mercado said he had met with the President last Monday, and in that
meeting the Chief Executive made her assurance for financial support.
As to the particular
figure, the Governor declined to state any speculation, saying only
that the assistance can be coming soon as requested before the
President bows out of office when her term ends next year.
“The new hospital will
be constructed within this year,” Gov. Mercado categorically declared,
adding that the provincial government has allotted P100 Million ready
budget from its own coffers to start the construction work.
The rough estimate for
the overall project cost was P240 Million for a two-storey structure,
Gov. Mercado said.
Arroyo’s visit to this city last month, she had viewed a tarpaulin
image of the hospital’s perspective in one side of the terminal
complex where the ceremonies were held.
Sources privy to the
conversation had said the President was amused and enthusiastic about
the project as she watched the pictures, an architect’s rendering of
the proposed structure.
provincial hospital at barangay Mantahan will be taken cared by the
city government to become the city hospital once the new, more
spacious Dongon hospital project shall have been completed, according
to informed sources.