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Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno led the ground-breaking and capsule-laying ceremonies for the construction of a P40-million hospital here last week.

Dubbed as a prototype public hospital, the Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital-Alubijid would rise on a one-hectare property in this municipality and is envisioned to become a secondary-level 25-bed capacity health facility, equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment, vehicular support, cost-saving facilities and to be manned by experienced medical personnel.

In a project overview, provincial health officer Ignacio Moreno said the MOPH-Alubijid would be different from other capitol-run hospitals in that it would have solar panels that could generate electricity as well as a bio-gas processor for its heating requirements.

The hospital structures, he said, were conceptualized as a blend of modern and “Filipi-nized” designs by architect Jonathan Sogoc.

The other seven MOPHs, which have either undergone or are still undergoing rehabilitation, are in located in Balingasag, Claveria, Gingoog, Manticao, Magsaysay, Naa-wan, and Talisayan.  

Gov. Moreno, who was joined in by Vice Gov. Norris Babiera, provincial board members Emmanuel Mugot, Oliver Actub, Santiago Sabal, Ed Ayunting and Alubijid Mayor Armando Elarmo during the ceremonies, assured municipal and barangay officials here that the capitol would continue to assist and respond to the basic health needs of their constituencies.

Moreno also reiterated the capitol’s commitment to increase the enrolment of indigent residents to the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to 170,000 from the present 135,000 province-wide. 

He acknowledged the continuing support from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, under the leadership of Babiera, to his administration’s health programs as well as in other responsive programs and projects to the basic needs of provincial residents. (MOPPO)

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