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PIA Press Release
2006/10/18

DOH constructs P1.5-M barangay health station in Magbagakay relocation site

By Erna S. Gorne

Southern Leyte (18 October) -- Construction is ongoing for a single-storey medical clinic at Magbagakay I in St. Bernard, the relocation site for the survivors of Guinsaugon mudslide tragedy, as one among the needed facilities for the rising of a new community, Integrated Provincial Health Officer Dr. Leonardo Eway reported in one of the weekly regular meetings of Oplan Kinabukasan.

However, Dr. Eway said the medical infrastructure should be officially identified as barangay health station category since a medical clinic requires a resident physician to manage the clinic. There is only one medical doctor available in the municipality who reports at the rural health unit that addresses the whole municipality and any additional health worker‘s salary and benefits shall be borne by the local government unit.

He further said that there should be only one barangay health station to be established to serve the residents of Magbagakay I and II relocation sites since they all are located at one area.

Magbagakay I relocation site comprises all the survivors of Barangay Guinsaugon, while Magbagakay II also accommodates the evacuees from Barangays Nueva Esperanza, Sug-angon and Ayahag, all of Saint Bernard. A total of 432 housing units shall be constructed for the families of this relocation site broken down as follows: Sug-anon – 187, Ayahag – 231 and Nueva Esperanza – 105.

Dr. Eway explained that all the residents of both relocation sites shall be accommodated at the only health station, which is about to be completed.

He advised other three barangays in Magabagakay II not to expect any barangay health station to be built in their respective barangays where they used to have one barangay health unit each.

All issues relative to the rebuilding of different relocation sites all over the province are threshed out in the regular weekly meeting with Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) Chair Governor Rosette Lerias, members of the PDCC, selected officials of the affected municipalities and non-government organizations. (Southern Leyte – PIA) [top]

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