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PGMA pledges funds for new Diosdado Macapagal Provincial Hospital in Southern Leyte, says Gov. Mercado

By BONG PEDALINO (PIA Southern Leyte)
September 24, 2009

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.

During President 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.

The existing 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.