Beng turns over P5.9M ZCMC ward project PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 13 February 2012 13:53

House Deputy Speaker and District I Representative Beng Climaco Friday turned over the P5.6 million emergency ward expansion project at the Zamboanga City Medical Center in line with her continuing health advocacy.

The expansion of the emergency ward is the second phase of project with funding taken from Cong. Climaco’s Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). The second phase is a new two-storey wing and intended to provide better medical attention to patients during emergency situations in the hospital.

In her first term, the lady solon provided funding to upgrade the same ward, which was the first phase of the project.

The turnover ceremony held late Friday afternoon was spearheaded by the congresswoman and Dr. Romeo Ong, ZCMC Chief of Hospitals.
Dr. Ong, in his message thanked Climaco for helping improve the delivery of services at the ZCMC, which caters to indigent patients from all over the region.

The second phase of the emergency ward expansion project was done in coordination with Dr. Ong and Center for Health Regional Director Dr. Aristedes Tan.

The congresswoman implements a multi-pronged project dubbed S.H.E which stands for Security, Health and Education and intended to earmark targets in delivering projects for the people and performing legislative work in Congress.

Under the health aspect, in 2011, Climaco also worked for the acquisition of a Cobalt 60 Radiation equipment in the amount of P16 million which has been approved by the Department of Health.

She also took steps to ensure the inclusion of ZCMC in the DOH’s new initiative of Public-Private Partnership Program.  This move PPP will pave the way for the upgrade of some facilities in the hospital.  Though these services will be offered at a cost, government will help subsidize indigent patients who need to avail of it, according to Climaco.

Through her initiative, the ZCMC was also designated a milk bank by the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).  This move will help in the nutritional needs of new born babies and will serve as storage of milk from mothers.

Climaco in her State of the District Report last January said the project “brings us closer to achieving two of the eight Millennium Development Goals of the UN in 2015, which is to reduce child mortality and to improve maternal health”.

Vanessa Tobin, a dear friend, and Country Representative of UNICEF in the Philippines made sure that we would benefit from this. Out of the 4 cities, namely Iloilo, Davao, Cebu and Zamboanga, which bidded for it, our city was granted this facility, the lady solon added.

Numerous other initiatives were undertaken in line with her health advocacy in 2011 and in 2012, more will be implemented, Cong. Climaco added. — Marvin Segura