Leyte turned over
community hospital to municipal LGU
Media Relations Center
September 24, 2009
KANANGA, Leyte – The
provincial government of
Leyte formally turned over the health planning, control and
management of the formerly province-run
Hospital to the local government unit (LGU) of Kananga.
negotiations and convincing form Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla,
Kananga Mayor Elmer Codilla finally gave his nod for the LGU to handle
the management of the said community hospital against the alternative
option of full closure since the said facility has not been earning
much to support its own operations.
In the turn-over
ceremony held recently at the hospital ground of the new Kananga
Municipal Hospital (KMH), the mayor said although managing the
hospital would run tight on their own budget; however, providing a
nearer health facility for his constituents as well as neighboring
towns weighed heavier than the hospital’s eventual closure.
To recall, in 1991 the
government introduced a major devolution of national government
services, which included the first wave of health sector reform,
through the introduction of the Local Government Code of 1991. The
Code devolved basic services, to include health services among others,
to local government units.
With the devolution of
health services to LGUs, the provincial governments oversee provincial
and district hospitals, while the municipal governments manage rural
health units (RHUs) and barangay (village) health stations.
During his first term,
Gov. Petilla implemented a hospital improvement plan to make the
district hospitals under the province’s wings independent and
self-sustaining; however, some of these hospitals remain
non-performing costing the province more by subsidizing its
For some LGUs, the
decentralization process have been favorable, especially those LGUs
which are resource-rich.
Gov. Petilla said
closing the hospitals however weighed heavily in the government’s
thrust to provide health care especially with 70% of the community
hospitals clientele belonging to the low-income level.
Aside from turning
over the community hospital to the Kananga LGU, the provincial
government has also provided it with a financial assistance of P3.5
million to rehabilitate some of its existing facilities and services.
The turn over held
last Thursday was attended by Gov. Petilla and Mayor Codilla with
Leyte 4th District Representative Eufrocino Codilla, Sr. and
representatives from the Provincial Health Office, Department of
Health, PhilHealth and other municipal officials.