TO provide better health services, the Department of Health (DOH) 7 started the construction of its new regional office and two other health facilities at the South Road Properties yesterday.
DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial led the groundbreaking ceremony of the new regional health office, National Blood Center and a warehouse in SRP.
Also present were DOH 7 Director Dr. Jaime Bernadas, Cebu City North District Rep. Raul del Mar and Councilor Mary Ann delos Santos, who is also the deputy mayor for health.
Delos Santos said the new structure that will rise in SRP will also benefit the residents of the city, particularly in the health aspect.
The three facilities will rise on a three-hectare lot that was donated by the City Government to DOH.
Ubial said that the project is a realization of a long-time dream of the regional office.
She said that the DOH has set aside P130 million for the phase one of the project, which will be undertaken for 144 calendar days.
Bernadas, for his part, said that they have to vacate their old building on Osmeña Blvd. to allow the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) to expand and improve its services to the indigent constituents of the region.
Asked if the location is ideal considering that it’s near the old landfill and the transfer station, Bernadas said the concern had been taken into consideration already.
“It will be addressed eventually,” he said. (RVC)
Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on August 27, 2017.
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