P200-m Parañaque hospital opens

The Department of Health will allocate at least P20 million from the 2015 budget to augment the facilities and equipment of the P200-million Ospital ng Parañaque.

The DOH, through its Health Facility Enhanhancement Program (HFEP), committed  P33 million for the city’s various health centers.

“This is God’s gift to us, and we must keep it in good shape so that our people will fully benefit from the only public hospital in the city,”  said Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez.

Olivarez and Health Sec. Enrique Ona led the launch and and blessing of the 120-bed facility.

The city government spent P200 million to build the six-storey hospital which held its groundbreaking on August 31, 2013, Olivarez’ second month in office.  

The new hospital replaced its 39-bed predecessor, Parañaque Community Hospital,  along Quirino Avenue, across the Saint Andrew’s Cathedral in Barangay La Huerta.

The old hospital lacked medicines, supplies, and equipment. As the only public hospital in the city, it was always congested.

Ona  commended the city officials for solving the old hospital’s problem of of lacking medicine and supplies and overcrowding.

“Just one look and you can see that this is a very nice hospital,” he said. “Hopefully, the Ospital ng Parañaque will also be able to provide high quality service to the people of Parañaque and nearby areas similar to the services we see in private hospitals”.

Aside from the hospital upgrade, Olivarez said the city is working to strengthen the health centers in the city’s 16 barangays to enable them to provide primary health care, including lying-in maternity wards.

Also at the inaugural were 1st District Rep. Eric L. Olivarez and 2nd District Rep. Gustavo Tambunting.

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