Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial and Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr. lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Atimonan Health Center in Brgy. Atimonan, Janiuay, Iloilo on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. thanked Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial for helping the province in its quest to improve the delivery of health services especially for the poor.
Defensor joined Secretary Ubial and other officials in inaugurating several projects in Janiuay town last Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
First to be inaugurated was the P2.2 million barangay health center in Brgy. Atimonan, a mountainous barangay in Janiuay that can be reached by foot 4 to 5 hours.
Defensor, Ubial and other officials went to the area on board a helicopter.
Funded by the Department of Health under its Hospital Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP), the Atimonan Health Center hopes to bring the most needed health and social services closer to the people.
The province, through the Provincial Health Office, also turned over toilet bowls and construction materials for 100 households as part the government’s Zero Open Defecation campaign.
On the other hand, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under its Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive Integrated Delivery of Social Services (Kalahi-CIDSS) turned over a classroom building complete with facilities inside the Atimonan Elementary School.
From Brgy. Atimonan, Defensor and company proceeded to Federico Roman Tirador Memorial District Hospital (FRTMDH) in the town proper for the inauguration of its new two-storey building.
Also funded under the HFEP, the P35 million new hospital building houses the Out Patient Department, X-ray, laboratory and dental departments on its ground floor while the second floor will have 25 rooms.
Gov. Defensor said they have also lined up a P48 million water sewerage treatment plant for FRTMDH in compliance with the requirement of the DOH, however, the province lacks the resources to fund it.
Sec. Ubial readily committed to help the provincial government promising to allocate P32 million for the project.
The health secretary also proceeded to the Iloilo Provincial Hospital in Pototan to conduct an ocular inspection of the ongoing rehabilitation of the hospital which is also funded under the HFEP.
Ubial assured that under the present administration’s health agenda more help will be coming to further improve health services in the country.