The 40-bed capacity Bataraza District Hospital in an aerial view. Drone shot courtesy of Jarrod Lorenz Asignacion.

BATARAZA, Palawan — Residents here can soon avail of the “zero billing” commitment of their municipal government leadership with the inauguration Sunday of their new 40-bed capacity district hospital in Barangay Marangas.

Town mayor Abraham Ibba said they have allocated P30-P50 million to make the free hospitalization available to residents when the district hospital becomes operational in January 2020.

“Dati ginagawa natin ang hospital assistance sa private hospital ng Brooke’s Point pero ngayon ay meron na tayong sariling ospital, ililipat na natin lahat dito,” he said.

He said free hospitalization will be available in the P150-million hospital as long as the municipal government can afford the medical condition of the patient.

The construction of the hospital was funded by the provincial government and the Department of Health (DOH) in MIMAROPA.

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Ibba said in the event that their district hospital is full, patients who need to be confined in Brooke’s Point can still receive financial help from the municipal government.

“Kung mako-confine naman sa Brooke’s Point, makakatulong pa rin tayo pero hindi ‘yong 100 percent, financial assistance lang,” he said.

Governor Jose Alvarez who was the guest of honor, on the other hand, said five of the 2018 newly-registered doctors who were their scholars will serve the first hospital in Bataraza.

“Sa 15 na hospitals, sisikapin namin na bawat ospital, 10 ang doktor. Minimum ang 10,” he said.


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