P720 million eyed for hospital upgrading in Central Visayas

By CHRISTIAN WAKEFIELD, Reporter

AT least P720 million have been earmarked for the upgrading of hospital services and facilities around the region for 2010 under the Annual Investment Plan (AIP) of the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Region 7.

If approved by the National Government, the P720 million proposed by the RDC 7 for the upgrading of hospital services and facilities will benefit hospital around the region, including the Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital in Tagbilaran City, Bohol; Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City; Talisay District Hospital; St. Anthony Mother and Child Hospital; ESCA hospital, and the DEVMH.

The P720 million is part of the social sector development of the nearly P8 billion worth of projects endorsed by the RDC 7 to the national government for funding and implementation.

“The AIP will be the basis of the budget proposal of all government line agencies and GOCCs (Government Owned and Controlled Corporations),” she told the RDC during their meeting in Siquijor province.

Of the close to P8 billion worth of projects identified in the AIP, at least P2.6 billion will benefit Cebu province while another P1.15 billion is for Cebu City.

Also, the RDC is pushing for the inclusion of the Magsaysay bridge, located in the Transcentral Highway, as one of the priority projects of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The proposed construction of a concrete P378.5 million bridge will replace a dilapidated wooden bridge in the area.

This will improve mobility and access of goods and services, said the RDC resolution.

The Infrastructure Development Committee (IDC) of the RDC headed by Emmanuel Rabacal drafted the resolution.

DPWH launched in 1999, a rehabilitation and construction of bridges in different parts of the country as part of their thousand bridges construction project for rural development.

In Central Visayas, 67 bridge projects have been identified for implementation under the program. These include the Magsaysay bridge at the Balamban section of the Transcentral highway, the Malaga, Talaptap and the La Libertad bridges along the Dumaguete North Road in Oriental Negros.

Of the four bridges, only the Magsaysay Bridge in barangay Cansomoroy in the municipality of Balamban about 36.82 km west of Cebu City, lacked RDC endorsement, which is a requirement for DPWH funding.

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