Japan Php500million new hospital in Aurora
By Jason de Asis
BALER, Aurora, January 21, 2011-A groundbreaking ceremony of the new Aurora Memorial Hospital was launched here in Brgy. Reserva, Baler town yesterday led by Senator Edgardo J. Angara, Ambassador Makoto Katsura of Japan and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) chief Norio Matsuda.
Angara, who authored the law that created Philhealth and the Child Health Insurance Program said that the new hospital to be built in the place is to improve the 70 years old memorial hospital of Aurorans with the help of JICA, the aid-granting arm of the Japanese government which allotted nearly Php500 million for its construction of new buildings with 50 rooms and complete medical equipment, adding that it is Japan and the Philippines’ efforts to prioritize development projects in addition to the ongoing infrastructure endeavors province wide.
Angara who donated the land for the new hospital building would be provided with top-of-the-line facilities which will be one of the most advanced in the region in terms of equipment and facilities through Japan’s generosity, saying that they have gone beyond the usual land grants or donations for the basic structure and they have instead chosen to build a fully-equipped hospital in a humble but deserving municipality.
“It will serve as the general hospital of Baler and neighboring towns and will be used as the training institution of the University of the Philippines school of health sciences in the province especially Midwifery and nursing students. This hospital will be advanced technology and much better access to health services as to improve training for health workers in the area and surely will attract specialist from the big cities in the future for the best health care services,” the Senator said.
Angara described the long-term objectives of the different projects being conducted in the province stressing that what he wants Aurora to go a step further to become an exemplary model in rural development through the cooperation of local, national and international agencies.
“The strengthened partnership with Japanese government and the Philippines have shown their continuous commitment to improve the lives of Filipinos not only in Aurora province but in other provinces as well,” Angara ended. (Jason de Asis)
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