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SP Divided on Hospital Loan Issue

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SAN JOSE, Antique – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) deeply divided on whether to approve the proposed P100 million to be entered into by the provincial government with the Land Bank of the Philippines.

Seven out of 13 board members are in favor of the loan because for them this is the only way to finance the hospital renovation and upgrading.

The proponent of the said move is headed by Board member Alfonso Combong, Jr., chair of committee on appropriations proposed the approval of the said move in order to help finance the construction and rehabilitation of the dilapidated Angel Salazar Memorial General Hospital (ASGMH).

Land Bank of the Philippines offered the provincial government the said amount to the province through Governor Salvacion Perez, and the latter in turn submit the said matter to the SP.

Six board members opposed to the loan were identified with the camp of Cong. Exequiel Javier namely Board members Vincent Piccio III, Rosie Dimamay, Errol Santillan, Tobias Javier, Provincial Councilor’s League (PCL) President Egdar Denosta and Association of Barangay Captain (ABC) President Carlos Palacios.

Seven members in favor were Board members Alfonso Combong, Jr., Fernando Corvera, Dante Beriong, Hector Frangue, Benjamin Juanitas, Calixto Zaldivar III and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation President Kenny Olandres.

According to Land Bank there should be eight members voting in favor for the loan to be approved. However, if the number will not be garnered the hospital will likely suffer.

According to provincial health officials, the loan is much needed to finance the rehabilitation of hospital facilities as per required by the Department of Health. In previous years, DOH has upgraded ASGMH level 3 status and this is now in danger if the rehabilitation will not push through.

ASGMH Chief Dr. Ric Noel Naciongayo in a media interview said that the 100 million loans is the amount needed upon recommendation of technical experts that had appraised the renovation and construction of the said health facility.

The ASGMH is a 100-bed capacity hospital catering patients from all over the province. But Dr. Norman Tanchuan, provincial health officer revealed that as of press time the hospital is catering to more than 200 patients daily.

Various sectors claims that dirty politics should not show its ugly head in the issue of the health of Antiqueños. They said that it is now evident that as long as the leaders of the province will not do away with their political bickering and instead focus on how the hospital and the health services in the province will be improved.

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