PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Jan. 11 (PNA) — The Provincial Information Office (PIO) said Monday that the 50-bed capacity medicare hospital being constructed in the southern Palawan town of Aborlan might already be completed in June for use of residents.

Information Officer Atty. Gil Acosta Jr. said this to the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Monday after receiving reports that the jointly funded medicare facility was almost 100 percent complete.

Funded cooperatively by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), the Department of Health (DOH)-MIMAROPA, the Palawan government, and the local government unit of Aborlan, the hospital was part of 15 others being constructed in different municipalities in the province, including the island town of Coron.

The medicare is located in a 1.5-hectare property in Barangay Magsaysay, Aborlan, and costs around Php 50 million to construct.

Acosta said it would have upgraded facilities and equipment that would respond to the emergency and medical care needs of indigent residents of Aborlan.

Taking two years to construct, Acosta said Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez was happy that the medicare hospital can already start to serve residents of Aborlan, who, for the longest time, needed to travel to Puerto Princesa for medical emergencies.

“By June, the residents of Aborlan will already have a hospital that would take care of their medical emergencies,” he said, adding that having the facility will actually lessen the number of patients who seek medical help at the Ospital ng Palawan (ONP).

Aside from Aborlan, Acosta noted that the construction of the same medicare hospitals in Rizal, Cuyo, and Coron towns might also be finished soon.

“We are also looking forward to the completion of the construction of three other hospitals that would be a great benefit to the Palaweños,” Acosta said.

The project is implemented by the provincial government, on the other hand, under IHELP, or Infrastructure, Health, Education, Livelihood, and Protection of the Environment. Jesus M. Ustares/PNA /