P4M Pueri Center’s new wing unveiled on 92nd anniversary PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 13:53

The Zamboanga Puericulture Maternity and Lying-in Center yesterday unveiled its P4 million newly-constructed left wing highlighting the celebration of its 92nd anniversary.

City Health Officer Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, Puericulture Center Board president with guest Officer in-Charge and City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. spearheaded the ceremonies which kicked off with a concelebrated mass followed by a short program.

The new infrastructure expands the facility and ensures better and quality services to clients.

Of the P4M funding utilized, P2 million was allocated by former Sen. Manuel Villar while P2 million came from the Puericulture’s internal funds.

From an old dilapidated health center, the puericulture center is now a sprawling health facility with an average of 140 medical consultations in the outpatient department and 20 admissions for deliveries a day. It has also branched out to the care of children by providing nursery and kindergarten education and even operating the School of Allied Medicine (ZPSAM) which is now on its 6th year.

“Puericulture in Zamboanga has been in existence for quite some time and considered one of the oldest puericulture centers in the country. Our main objective is towards child care and maternal care and that is the reason why we have the maternity hospital and at the same time the nursery and kindergarten school to cater to the children,” Dr. Agbulos declared.

He expressed deep gratitude to the late Mayor Maria Clara Lobregat, who during her term as the representative of the lone congressional district of Zamboanga allocated some P8 million out of her countryside development fund that started the improvement of facilities at the Puericulture Maternity and Lying-in Center.

City Administrator Orendain lauded the Board of Director and officers of the Puericulture Center for their commitment in serving the public which is very evident in the continuous improvements being done in the center.

Other officers and board of directors were present during the occasion to include WMSU President Dr. Milabel Ho, City Assessor Erwin Bernardo, City Engineer Luis Despalo and several others. Also present were Councilors BG Guingona and Rogelio Valesco Jr.

The Zamboanga Puericulture Center is a non-stock, non-profit organization that operates without subsidies from the local government or national government agencies. — Sheila Covarrubias