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.”
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)