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2008/11/11

Albay lawmaker earmarks P13 million for health services, education

By Mar Arguelles

Legazpi City (11 November) -- An Albay lawmaker said that he made available from his Project Development and Assistance Fund (PDAF) close to P13 million fund to finance various health care and educational projects in the second district of the province.

Rep. Al Francis Bichara (Albay 2nd Dist.) said on Monday that a two storey hospital worth Ph. 5 million will soon rise at the Anislag Resettlement Center here to provide medical services to 2,500 families living in the resettlement site in Barangay Anislag, in Daraga town.

According to him, the project is a commitment to his constituents aimed to improve the health condition of residents living in resettlement sites after having been displaced by natural disasters that befell them.

Bichara said, "realizing the traumatic experience they had after losing their homes and having been relocated to other sites, it is just fitting to give them the proper medical services they deserve."

The Albay lawmaker said construction plans have been completed and the P 5 million funding is now ready to start-up the civil works by December this year.

The hospital will soon rise inside the 21-hectare resettlement site in Barangay Anislag, an upland village some 10 kilometers from the town proper.

The two-storey, 15-bed facility will cater to patients needing medical treatment at the resettlement site.

At least 2,500 core shelter houses were built in the resettlement site with close to 13,000 people living there from 10 villages of the town devastated by previous typhoons and volcanic eruptions.

Another project lined-up is the establishment of a pharmacy for the elderly at the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) in this city.

Bichara said P1.5 million was allocated to finance the operation of the pharmacy that would sell cheapest medicines to senior citizens.

Under Bichara's educational development program he released to the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and Technical and Educational Skills Development Authority (TESDA) some P5 million in PDAF funds under his scholarship program.

Earlier, he also turned over a Speech Laboratory facility worth P1.3 million to the city government through the Bagumbayan Elementary School. The speech laboratory will provide training program on speech development for public school teachers to improve their skills in the oral language. (PIA) [top]

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