Sep 28, 2020

Bataraza eyes zero hospital payments for residents

Re-elected Bataraza Mayor Abraham Ibba is shown in this photo taking his oath of office on June 6, 2019.

Bataraza residents can soon avail of the free hospitalization upon the initiative of the municipal government.

The municipal government of Bataraza announced it will roll out free hospitalization for its residents by July.

Re-elected Bataraza Mayor Abraham Ibba said on June 6 that his administration will pursue the “zero hospitalization payment” program like what he committed in the May 13 poll.

“Unang-una ang health, wala ng babayaran ang mga kababayan natin kapag sila ay na-ospital. ‘Yong tinatawag kasi namin na medical assistance sa ospital ng Brooke’s Point ngayon ay more than P10 million yearly. Kaya ngayon kapag nabuksan na ang ating hospital dito ay dadagdagan na lang ‘yon siguro mga P35 million na,” Ibba said on June 6 after he and other re-elected and newly-elected officials took their oath in the municipality.

The re-elected and newly-elected members of the Sangguniang Bayan of Bataraza take their oath of office on June 6, 2019.

A 40-bed capacity hospital is now undergoing the final stages of construction in Bataraza and is expected to be inaugurated in July to begin operation.

Currently, Bataraza residents who need medical attention seek it in Brooke’s Point, where the LGU is allotting P10 million annually to assist with their needs.

Aside from this, Ibba said that Bataraza is also proposing to construct a P130-million municipal hall building in the local government complex, as well as speeding up the construction of the sports complex to host in the provincial meet in November.

“‘Yan ang mga nakalatag nating mga proyekto. Kung pagpalain ng Panginoon ay by July or August ay sisimulan na. Ang bagong four-storey municipal hall ay may escalator and elevator. Then ongoing din ang sports complex kasi tayo ang magho-host ng provincial meet,” Ibba said.

He also said that all national government offices will be relocated in the Old Public Market to operate as a one-stop-shop for residents of Bataraza.

“Ilalagay natin lahat ng national agencies doon sa dating pwesto ng palengke na nailipat na ngayon. Doon na lahat katulad ng COMELEC, DILG at iba pa. Ongoing na rin ang pagawa nyan,” he added.

Meanwhile, Ibba assured that all their plans and commitments will take place as soon as possible.

“Yong mga sinabi natin before election ay totoo lahat. Sa aking mga kasamahan na opisyal ay dapat magkaisa lang para magawa lahat ng mga plano natin para sa Bataraza,” Ibba added.

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