Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. called for a meeting with the hospital chiefs and administrative officers of the 12 hospitals operated by the provincial government on Friday, July 28, 2017, to thresh out certain issues hounding the hospitals. Gov. Defensor reminded them that the provincial government-owned hospitals are "hospitals for the poor". He stressed that indigents should be given priority and that they could avail of ambulance services free of charge. Other matters regarding the ongoing construction activities in the hospitals were also tackled wherein Gov.
Hospital Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP)
Indigents can use the ambulances of the 12 hospitals operated by the Iloilo provincial government free of charge. This is the directive of Governor Arthur Defensor, Sr. contained in Executive Order No. 183 which he signed yesterday (July 27, 2017) upon arriving from Manila. The order on the free use of ambulances also include those in urgent and emergency cases. Defensor issued the directive amid complaints from the family of some patients that they are charged a certain amount when they intend to use the ambulance to transfer their patient to Iloilo City.
Provincial Administrator Raul Banias (6th from left) leads the turn-over of six ambulances donated by Medipeace Korea to Iloilo province which will be deployed to four district hospitals (Guimbal, Cabatuan, Sara and Dumangas) and two Municipal Health Offices (Concepcion and Miagao) on Thursday, February 9, 2017. Medipeace is a non-government organization from South Korea that has been a development partner of the province for several years. The organization also donated three ambulances to the province last year.
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.