The provincial government is putting on hold a project already in the pipeline for the construction of a rural health unit in Balabac with a budget of P7 million until the needed support infrastructure facilities including power and water services are in place.
“On hold muna ito kasi sabi ng governor’s office dapat ready ang infrastructure, ‘yung tubig okay ba, ‘yung kuryente, dapat bastante lahat bago natin ilagay ang RHU,” Acosta said.
He said the they are avoiding the construction of the unit without considering its other necessities in order to run and operate well.
Acosta pointed out Balabac’s potential as a tourist destination and that the province has been working to promote it as an established destination within the next five years. In order to achieve this, Acosta said the municipality needs to have basic infrastructures such as port and hospital facilities.
This year, Acosta said that with the help of national government they have already started the construction of the roads and have a proposal to build a wharf including one in Mangsee island.
Aside from these, they have also a proposed a water system which is either a desalination treatment plant or drilled water system that are expected to start next year.
With regards to the electric supply, he said they already turned over two generator sets funded by the province and NAPOCOR.
“Gusto natin masigurado na ready ‘yung lugar kung sakaling magkaroon ng boom of tourists,” he said.
He said that the old building in Balabac originally planned for an RHU facility that was built during the Socrates Administration will be converted into a government facility.
“Plano na gawin na lang na government facility kasi ‘yun. ‘Yung nagging problema dati sa construction, paunti-unti depende sa dating ng pondo,” Acosta added.
Apart from this, through the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) of the province, there are 14 major hospitals in the province that are undergoing construction worth P100M each including the facilities.
Following the completion of the Aborlan Medical Hospital, the Roxas Medical Hospital is ongoing, amounting P12.3 million and is 78% done.
Narra and Quezon Municipal Hospitals are have 72% and 18% completion rates. The District Hospital of Coron and Cuyo are 53% and 61% completed, based on the data gathered by Palawan News from the Provincial Engineering Office.
There will also be 20 RHUs that can be converted into full-blown hospitals.
“Sa atin kasi sa Palawan nakapalawak maliban sa major hospitals, may mga barrio na kailangan rin ng RHU na ready for expansion kung sakaling magkaroon ulit ng pondo,” he added.