TUGUEGARAO CITY, March 17 (PIA)---The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) has reported 228 new health facilities constructed all over Cagayan Valley Region under the government’s Hospital Facility Enhancement Program (HFEP) from 2010 to 2013.
Engr. Victorino F. Maningas, program focal person, said there were 98 completed projects in 2010 with P136.74 million fund, 96 in 2011 with P335.35 M fund, 20 in 2012 with 77.36 M fund, and 14 for last year with P10.75 M fund.
“For this year, we have yet to validate the exact number and the fund allotment. We already submitted the proposal to our central office but we are waiting for the approval before revealing the prioritized projects,” Maningas said.
He said the projects are either newly constructed, rehabilitated or expanded which include provincial and district hospitals, government hospitals, rural health units, and barangay health stations.
He further mentioned that the program aims to improve the health service facilities from the barangay up to the end referral hospitals by enhancing their facilities and bringing them nearer to the public.
“We hope that through these efforts, we will be able to improve the services we are giving to people and to meet our millennium development goal targets on health concerns,” Maningas added.
On the other hand, National Economic and Development Authority regional director Mary Anne Darauay, chairperson of the Regional Project Monitoring and Evaluation System (RPMES), lauded the accomplishments of the health department in the infrastructure projects for health facility improvements.
Darauay further urged DOH to also conduct assessment on the impact of HFEP projects, especially those in the far flung areas as to accessibility and usage of the facilities supported by statistics in relation to the improvement of health services in the region. (ALM/OTB-PIA2/Cagayan)