In an effort to help the residents of the far-flung villages in this Northern Mindanao town, particularly families of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the provincial government of Misamis Oriental and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) have partnered for the construction of a P100-million modern and sophisticated hospital here.
The documentation process and the final preparation for the start of the ground works is already ongoing, it was learned Sunday.
Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno said the hospital will be named OWWA Misamis Oriental Alubijid Provincial Hospital.
He said it is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2011.
The provincial chief executive said the province will allocate P55 million for the construction of the hospital, while OWWA will shell out P45 million.
“This is not only to help the very health needs of our people in the province and this town but also our OFWs,” Moreno added.
He further said that the proposed hospital will boast of modern and state-of-the-art facilities with green structures design to be environment-friendly.
“Our good relationship with the OWWA and their program also connect to our health vision for the province, that’s why we decided to have a join project,” the governor said.
The OWWA will provide the amount in exchange for free hospitalization of OFWs and their dependents at the said hospital.
Moreno said the OFWs, being considered as “heroes,” will be given free hospitalization not only at the proposed Alubijid hospital but all other hospitals in the province.
“They (OFWs) deserve better treatment since they are the new heroes of our time,” the provincial chief executive stressed.
Moreno was also a former overseas worker for three years before joining the government, it was also learned.
As this developed, the governor has already mobilized the province’s engineering division and provincial development division for hiring of top-of-the-line engineers and architects to make sure that the hospital will be environment-friendly.
As part of the province’s health program, Moreno said the concern of his administration is to give health as their priority agenda for the people of Misamis Oriental.
“The hospital will guarantee high-technology facilities for the Misamisnons and nearby areas to benefit as well as all the OFWs and their respective families,” added Moreno.