P12M health center underway in Pototan

By Mariela Angella Oladive

Construction has begun on a Super Health Center in Barangay Palanguia, Pototan, Iloilo, marking a significant enhancement in local healthcare services.

The project, backed by the Department of Health’s Health Facilities Enhancement Program (DOH-HFEP) with a P12 million budget, was facilitated through the office of Senate Health Committee Chair Senator Bong Go. It promises to transform healthcare delivery in the region.

On April 11, Sen. Go, along with DOH-6 and local municipality officials, inspected the site.

“Now, you no longer have to go on long travels just to receive treatment at the hospital. Through this program, basic medical necessities will be brought closer to your community,” Go said, addressing the residents.

The health center, once operational, will offer outpatient care, maternity services, isolation wards, and diagnostic facilities including X-ray and ultrasound, complemented by a well-stocked pharmacy, effectively expanding the capabilities of a traditional rural health unit.

Local officials and residents expressed their appreciation for Go’s commitment to public service, recognizing the initiative as crucial in meeting their healthcare requirements.

In addition, Sen. Go attended the Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Worker (TUPAD) Orientation by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at the town’s Astrodome, benefiting 500 residents.

The TUPAD program provides short-term employment to the displaced, underemployed, and seasonal workers for 10 to 30 days, depending on the work involved.

Separately, Go visited 70 individuals in Leganes impacted by Typhoon Egay, who received P10,000 each in cash aid from the National Housing Authority’s Emergency Housing Assistance Program (EHAP).

Reaffirming his pledge to serve, Sen. Go emphasized the urgency of meeting the immediate needs of the Filipino people.