The campaign promise of affordable, and accessible healthcare for all Tomasinos slowly unfolds as the administration of Mayor Ernesto “Tatay Erning” Evangelista and Davao del Norte Governor Edwin “Kuya Gob” Jubahib are set to lead the ground breaking ceremony Tuesday, March 22 of the 25-bed capacity Infirmary Hospital in Barangay Casig-ang, this municipality.
The Provincial Engineer’s Office will host the groundbreaking ceremony for the Infirmary hospital in Barangay Casig-ang of which Jubahib and Evangelista together will lead the simple ceremony together with the provincial, municipal, and barangay officials.
“Matuman na gayud ang usa ka proyekto na atong gipangandoy para sa mga Tomasino. Dako akong kalipay kay gisuportahan kini sa atong maabtikong Gobernador Edwin Jubahib kay nakita namo na ang tukuron na Infirmary Hospital dako ang mahimong tabang na mas mapalapdan pa ang atong health ug medical services para sa katawhan,” Mayor Ernesto Evangelista said.
The Infirmary Hospital, which will rise on a 1.5 hectare property owned by the Santo Tomas LGU in Barangay Casig-ang, is seen to expand the basic services and programs on health offered by the Evangelista administration in the aftermath of the coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic.
Pegged at P15, 000,000 for the construction of its building alone, Evangelista said the Infirmary Hospital will serve as a healthcare institution that provides patient treatment with medical and nursing staff and medical equipment.
Evangelista added that the Infirmary Hospital in Barangay Casig-ang will also cater patients from nearby towns such as the municipality of BE Dujali.
𝐍𝐨𝐭 𝐚 𝐥𝐢𝐩 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞
Evangelista thanked Jubahib for fulfilling its commitment to his administration and by extension, to the people of Santo Tomas, for putting first the general interests and welfare of the Tomasinos especially in the implementation of programs and projects bannered under his “Aksyon Ang Solusyon” program.
“Dako atong pasalamat sa atong Gobernador [Jubahib] kay wala niya gipakyas ang iyang supporta ug saad na matuman ang atong gipangandoy na Infirmary Hospital dinhi sa atong lungsod. Usa ka lider na naay katakos ug sensitibo sa mga panginahanglan sa katawhang Tomaisno mao kana ang rason nganong matuman na kining proyekto. Dili lang saad ug daghang istorya, paspas na aksyon ang gihatag niya sa atua,” he said.
𝐀 𝐟𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐞?
In 2019, 2nd District Congressman Alan Dujali pledged to give a whopping P20 million to fund the operations of the Infirmary Hospital through the Department of Health (DOH). Fast forward in 2022, Dujali’s House Bill 8433 has been pending before the Committee on Health since 2021 based on the legislative report received by the Santo Tomas LGU.
“Sa kang Congressman Dujali, asa naman imong saad na punduhan ang operasyon sa Infirmary Hospital? Kung si Gob Jubahib, iyang natuman ang iyang gi-saad na supporta para sa mga Tomasino, ikaw isip Congressman sa Distrito 2, una man kaha ang katawhan pero asa ug unsa naman ang nahitabo sa imong gi-saad na pundo? Evangelista asked.