No reg'l hospital yet for North Cotabato but more health funds assured
by Williamor A. Magbanua
Kidapawan City (6 February) -- The House Committee on Health has deferred the scheduled discussion of a proposal by North Cotabato 2nd district Rep. Bernardo F. Piņol, Jr. for the conversion of the Cotabato Provincial Hospital (CPH) in Amas here into a regional hospital.
Despite this however, the neophyte congressman was able to secure additional funds for the improvement of government medical services in the 2nd district.
South Cotabato 2nd district Rep. Arthur Pingoy, chairman of the House Committee on Health told Rep. Piņol during their meeting that the conversion of CPH into a regional hospital is not possible at this time.
Rep. Pingoy said the Department of Health has not yet conferred full recognition of the Cotabato Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Cotabato City as official medical center in Region 12.
The Department of Health allows only one regional hospital per region thus Rep. Piņol's proposal remains pending before the committee.
Rep. Piņol posed no objection to the move of Rep. Pingoy's committee, but said he expects that his proposal will be given priority in the committee's succeeding meetings.
Despite this development, Rep. Piņol was able to secure P72 million additional funds for the improvement of the Cotabato Provincial Hospital.
P54 million is allocated for the construction of additional hospital rooms while P18 million will be utilized in the purchase of sophisticated hospital equipment including a platelet separator.
The neophyte solon was also able to secure another P15 million for the improvement of the Mlang District Hospital in the town of Mlang, North Cotabato.
Rep. Piņol said the amount will be taken from the budget of the Department of Health for 2009.
"With these developments I am very optimistic that we can improve the delivery of health services in the 2nd district," Rep. Piņol said. (PIA 12) [top]