Celso, Ituralde, Beng unveil P4.8M Vitali Lying-in Center PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 November 2012 14:24

Mayor Celso Lobregat together with House Deputy Speaker Rep. Beng Climaco-Salazar and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde yesterday unveiled the newly rehabilitated, improved, expanded and beautified Lying-in Center worth P4.8 million in Barangay Vitali, east of this city.

Lobregat said the newly rehabilitated Vitali Lying-in Center, which costs the city government the total amount of P4,868,104.31, will also serve the health care needs of people from outlying barangays Mangusu, Sibulao, Limaong, Tigbalabag, Licomo, Tictapul and Tagasilay under Vitali District, including those from nearby municipality of R.T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay.

He said the facility was constructed during the incumbency of the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat. “Today, it has been expanded and beautified with complete medical equipment and wards preparatory to becoming a primary hospital,” he said.

The Vitali Lying-in Center is manned by three doctors and a number of nurses and midwives headed by Dr. Wilbur Natividad.

By coincidence, a young woman was on labor for her second child at the center while the inauguration program was in progress. Shortly after the unveiling, the baby boy was born and was named John Mark Celso de Jesus.

According to the mayor, the lying-in center brought to P135 million worth of various projects that the city government under his administration had implemented and completed in Barangay Vitali alone since 2007, including those under bidding process and yet to be implemented.

Completed projects in 2007 totaled P11.7 million to include the construction of Vitali Barangay Hall in the amount of P3.4 million, slope protection and irrigation structures. In 2008, Vitali received P8.6 million worth of projects, including the construction of a two-storey six-classroom building amounting to P3.8 million at Vitali National High School.

The years 2009 and 2010 saw the biggest bulk of infrastructure projects implemented in Vitali amounting to P20.5 million and P27.8 million, respectively. In 2011, various projects worth P10.9 million were completed in Vitali; P22.7 million in 2012, some of which are still under construction, which include a 4.2-kilometer farm-to-market road costing P14.13 million.

Also present during the unveiling were Councilors Rudy Lim, Mike Alavar, Nonong Guingona, Gerky Valesco, Myra Paz Valderrosa Abubakar, Lilia Nuño and Percival Ramos together with City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos, CSWDO officer-in-charge Evelyn las Marias, City Engineer Vicente Luis Despalo, City Assessor Edwin Bernardo and the barangay officials of Vitali headed by Chairman Joselito Alavar.

The academe sector was represented by officials from the Western Mindanao State University led by the President Dr. Milabel Ho and the Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology. Also present were former councilors Charlie Mariano and Elong Natividad, former City Social Welfare Officer Kit Barredo, Urban Poor president Violy Alejandro, FEBARKAZA president Art Onrubia and BG Guingona. — Vic Larato