Davao Oriental starts facelift of hospitals
by Neela G. Duallo
Davao City (6 September) -- Not all campaign promises are bound to be broken, simply because others are destined to turn into reality.
And the new administration of Davao Oriental just unraveled the start of fulfilling their commitment of delivering health services that the people so rightfully deserve, regardless of political affiliations.
It was one of the rarest political scenario in the province of Davao Oriental when Governor Cora Malanyaon, Vice-Governor Mayo Almario, Congressman Nelson Dayanghirang of the First District, Congresswoman Thelma Z. Almario of the Second District, members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, and city of Mati officials led by Vice-Mayor Cesar de Erio, flocked together for the kick-off ceremony for the upgrading hospital facilities, not only for Davao Oriental Provincial Hospital, but for the four district hospitals as well.
The kick-off started with the groundbreaking of the new Out Patient Dept. of Davao Oriental Provincial Hospital.
The two district representatives reiterated their support to the upgrading project, as they took cognizance that efficient and effective delivery had been their battle cry in the last campaign.
"I will see to it that Cong. Dayanghirang's assistance for the project will not be less than 3 million, while mine is bigger", said Congresswoman Almario.
Vice-Governor Mayo Almario admitted that nothing happened with the project in 2003 to 2007, by choice.
"I did not release fund for the new OPD Dept. in my second term in Congress because what will the new building do if the services are ineffective and inefficient, because it lacks support from the Province? And what will the new building do without ample supply of medicines?"
But he explained that while nothing prospered with the project years back, he funded the construction of lying in clinics.
"Now, fewer patients are coming to the hospitals because they already have the lying in clinics", Almario said.
But he also emphasized that now is the time to turn around, not only improve social services but lift the morals of the people.
Gov. Cora Malanyaon also gave her assurance to all health agencies that her administration will keep an all out commitment to upgrade the hospital facilities, services, and perhaps compensation of health workers.
"The project was born out of the belief that the right to life is everyone's right. I don't think there should be a double standard for those who can and cannot afford health and medical services", she said.
She adheres to the thought that good politics is the delivery of good services.
Upon her assumption in office, the Governor visited the different agencies of the provincial government, and among the first that she visited was the Provincial Health Office.
And she discovered that most of the problems are pertaining to monetary considerations.
"We will attend to the problems based on the capacity of the provincial government", she assured all concerned".
The new OPD building got a 2.5 budget.
While it's true that the budget is only good to start the construction, but the Governor is hopeful that it can get more funding from people who have access to resources.
The upgrading include the completion of OPD, the repair of the 3-storey building, installation of water system, and the establishment of a micro-biology unit and emergency room.
The Davao Oriental Provincial Hospital caters to 70-100 patients daily and 27 to 36 thousand patients annually. (DXHM–Mati/PIA XI) [top]