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South Leyte, DOH-8 sign MOA to upgrade Sogod District Hospital

By Bong Pedalino

Provincial Capitol, Southern Leyte (5 February) -- A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that prescribes the guidelines for the implementation of a program to upgrade heath facilities in government hospitals, Sogod District Hospital in particular, has been signed here yesterday afternoon, February 4, at the Governor's office.

Governor Damian Mercado signed the document in behalf of the provincial government, while Officer-in-charge (OIC) Regional Director Edgardo Gonzaga of the Department of Health (DOH) did it for the health agency.

Standing as witnesses to the signing ceremony were Vice-Gov. Miguel Maamo, Provincial Board Member Dr. Alberto Lagumbay, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) chair of the Committee on Health, and SP Member Jason Calva.

Also present were Dr. Joselito Trumata, head of the Salvacion Oppus Yniguez Memorial Provincial Hospital (SOYMPH), Dr. Felicisima Arayan, chief of Sogod District Hospital, Dr. Feliciano John Matibag, DOH provincial representative, and several staff from the DOH regional office.

Included as one of the provisions of the MOA was the setting aside of P 1 Million which is available until the end of this year, 2009, to carry out the objectives set forth by the DOH, especially under the government hospitals upgrading project.

"The purpose of the project is to assist LGU hospitals to provide quality health services to its constituents especially the poor and marginalized people in the communities," the MOA stipulated.

Shortly before the parties inked their signatures, Director Gonzaga informed Gov. Mercado that the P 1 Million fund can be used for repair of the out-patient department (OPD), the emergency room, and nursery of Sogod District Hospital, including purchases of required medical equipment.

onzaga also said an additional outlay amounting to over P 5 Million has been set aside for upgrading of other government hospitals in the province this year, 2009, and that a separate MOA signing soon will be held once the allotment for the money shall be made available.

It was music to the ears of the provincial officials milling around, with Gov. Mercado saying he would conduct a consultation to determine as to which hospital should be prioritized for the upcoming additional DOH funding.

Gov. Mercado likewise relayed to Director Gonzaga that the provincial government had set aside funds for the rehabilitation and other physical infrastructure needs of Sogod District Hospital.

Meanwhile, Sogod hospital chief Dr. Arayan told PIA she was optimistic that with the DOH fund support the health services they rendered would be further improved.

She expressed hope that the classification of the Sogod hospital from secondary to tertiary can be undertaken sooner or later.

Before it was over, Director Gonzaga presented a certificate of commendation to Gov. Mercado in recognition for the untiring support extended to DOH-initiated programs and projects in the province.

Gov. Mercado responded with a renewed pledge to always push for any DOH-mandated developments, stressing that this is a priority since the health of Southern Leytenos is involved and at stake. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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