P148M district hospital in Coron officially opens
The P148-million Coron District Hospital has been officially opened for the public last March 21.
Present during the opening were Health Secretary Francisco Duque, Palawan Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez and Coron Mayor Jerry Barracoso.
“Ang tatlong palapag na ospital na maituturing ding isang tourism hospital ay magkatuwang na pinondohan ng Pamahalaang Panlalawigan ng Palawan at Department of Health (DOH) sa ilalim ng Health Facilities Enhancement Program na mayroong kabuoang pondo na P148,171,806.75,” the province said.
The DOH funded the phase 1 to 3 of the said hospital, as well as some equipment. The provincial government, on the other hand, funded the construction of Doctor’s/Nurse’s Quarter, Dietary/Linen Building, Isolation Building, Material Recovery Facility, Mortuary Building, Motorpool/Powerhouse Building, Elevated Water Tank, Water Treatment Facility and Sewerage Treatment Plant.
“Kasama rin sa nasabing pondo ang Landscaping, Electrical Works, Concreting of Road Network, Communication System, Monitoring Devices at ang perimeter fence,” the province said.
Duque told the residents of Coron that the new hospital will help address their medical needs.
“Ito po ay magbibigay ng serbisyong pangkalusugan… ang ating bagong ospital para sa mga minamahal na mamamayan ng Palawan. Dapat din ay magkaroon ng proper rapport ang mga staff ng ospital, dapat ay magkaroon ng malasakit sa mga nangangailangan… bigyan natin ng buhay ang salitang malasakit dito po sa loob ng Coron District Hospital,” said Duque.
He also hailed Gov. Alvarez for his leadership.
“One of the greatest things that ever happened to this province of Palawan, indeed the governorship of Governor Alvarez. I think he is one visionary and dynamic, very progressive minded local Chief Executive and to me, I considered him as a model local chief executive worthy of emulation by all other chief executives of our country.”
Meanwhile, Alvarez said that the hospital will help the residents of Coron get faster health assistance.
“Dahil napakalapad ng lalawigan ng Palawan, we are poorest in health service. But ngayon, slowly we are catching up with the rest of the country, said Alvarez.
“For the last 40 years, the hospital that was here was made of concrete wood and galvanized iron roof, it was about to collapsed. And the Mayor insisted ‘na please make us a hospital,’ si Mayor Baracosso ito, kaya ngayon pinalitan na natin ito.”