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Additional P250M allotted for Bacolod City hospital

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has allotted an additional P250-million fund for the construction of the second phase of the Bacolod City General Hospital, disclosed Rep. Greg Gasataya yesterday.

“They are waiting for the design. As soon as the design is ready, a bidding will be conducted by the DPWH-Western Visayas regional office for another P250 million project,” Gasataya said.

The lawmaker, who recently visited the site in Barangay Vista Alegre, Bacolod City, said the land development from the highway going to the hospital area is ongoing and two of three ancillary facilities are almost completed.

The DPWH-funded first phase, which costs at least P200 million, involves the construction of a multi-purpose building, comprised of three separate structures, including a dietary building, a morgue, and a linen and laundry office.

Also, part of phase one is the four-story main hospital building, with a project cost of at least P600 million, funded by the Department of Health (DOH)-Western Visayas through the city government.

An initial P250-million fund has been released from the DOH-Health Facilities Enhancement Program to start the construction.

“They (contractor) have already put up walls to start construction of the main hospital. In the next two or three months, probably the phase two will also start,” Gasataya said.

Expected to start operations by 2024, the 100-bed Bacolod City General Hospital is established through Republic Act 11564 authored by Gasataya and sponsored by Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri.

The health facility will rise on an almost four-hectare lot donated by the Gensoli family.*PNA

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