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Construction of first public hospital in Bocaue underway

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BREAKING GROUND. Senator Joel Villanueva (5th from left) and his sister, Bocaue Mayor Joni Villanueva-Tugna (5th from right), lead the groundbreaking rites for the Joaquin Villanueva Medical Center in Bocaue, Bulacan, July 16, 2018. The soon to rise facility will be the first public hospital in Bocaue. Other town officials joined the senator and mayor in the groundbreaking rites.

BOCAUE, Bulacan — Residents in this municipality will soon have access to affordable and quality health services with the construction of the first ever public hospital here.

Senator Joel Villanueva on Monday led the groundbreaking rites for the construction of Joaquin Villanueva Medical Center in his hometown Bocaue, Bulacan — an extension of Jose B. Lingad Memorial Hospital located in San Fernando, Pampanga.

With a total lot area of 9,425 square meters, the Joaquin Villanueva Medical Center will be the first public hospital in Bocaue. The entire lot was donated by the Villanueva family and named after the senator’s grandfather who was a veteran of World War II and Olympic sprinter who represented the country at the Far Eastern Games for four consecutive years in the 1920s.

According to Bocaue Mayor Joni Villanueva-Tugna, sister of the senator “the project cost is estimated at P250 million. The hospital will have a 50-bed capacity and can employ up to 150 medical and allied health professionals including jobs in administration, engineering, and housekeeping.”

The Joaquin Villanueva Medical Center will be departmentalized and equipped with the services in the specialties of medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, surgery, among others.

There will also be a provision for the general intensive care unit (ICU) for critically-ill patients, tertiary clinical laboratory, and imaging facility and mobile x-ray within the center.

“We express our sincerest gratitude to the national government for supporting our advocacy in providing quality healthcare to our kababayans. For the longest time, the municipality did not have its own hospital,” Sen. Villanueva said.

“With the construction of the Joaquin Villanueva Medical Center, the people of Bocaue no longer have to endure the long lines at public hospitals in Malolos or Sta. Maria,” the senator added.

Meanwhile, Mayor Joni said “the construction of this hospital will provide access to affordable and quality health service to the residents of Bocaue. This project is part of our commitment to continue and improve our health programs not just in the province of Bulacan but in the entire country as well.” (RONDA Balita Online News)

 

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ROSETH Eleogo Reyes or RR Eleogo is one of the owners of RONDA Balita. A single mother from Bulakan, Bulacan, and formerly an account officer and columnist of NewsCore, a local newspaper in Bulacan. She also worked in quality control department of Mighty Corporation. A part-time advertising representative of Remate, a national newspaper. She served as Director of Philippine Science Journalists Association Inc. Bulacan Chapter and member of National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)- Bulacan Chapter. She won recently as Board of Directors of Bulacan Press Club.

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