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The provincial government of Misamis Oriental has poured a total of P140 million for the rehabilitation and upgrading of seven hospitals in the province including the Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital of Balingasag, Gov. Oscar Moreno said.

Moreno made the disclosure during his annual “State of the Province Address” Monday at the provincial grounds where he focused his year-long accomplishment on the hospital and health system of the province, part of his eight-point agenda accomplishment report.

Initially, the province poured in P100 million but had to loan an additional P40 million from the Land Bank of the Philippines for the rehabilitation and upgrading of these province-managed hospitals, Moreno added.  

He said that the transformation of provincial hospitals as one of the province’s revenue earning entities is incredible after posting combined revenue of P26.4 million last year from a measly P4.3 million collection in 2004.

Hospital occupancy has also increased from an average of 50 per cent bed occupancy rate in 2004 to the current 104 per cent bed occupancy rate with the provincial hospital of Balingasag registering an all time high of 160 per cent.

“For this, upgrading the Balingasag provincial hospital to a secondary level status is now being work out as a new structure that would serve as the hospital’s emergency and delivery rooms were inaugurated recently,” Moreno said.

The six other primary hospitals managed by the provincial government are hospitals in Claveria, Gingoog, Initao, Magsaysay, Manticao, and Talisayan, all of which have been undergoing structural repairs and expansion, equipment and services enhancement, and medical personnel complementation since Moreno was elected governor in 2004.

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