Aside from constructing its own COVID-19 laboratory and dormitory, Mayor Jerry P. Treñas announced that he will put up Iloilo City Hospital which will greatly help the metropolis in taking care of Ilonggos amid the pandemic.
In a press briefing on Thursday, Treñas said that both health facilities will be built at a 2-hectare lot at Brgy. San Pedro in Molo district.
“I would like to announce that we already have a site for our city hospital, it will be built together with our COVID Lab in Barangay San Pedro. Our City Assessor has measured the area, and it is about 2 hectares. If our hospital, which will be three stories, will only occupy around 2,000 square meters, we will have enough already for a 50-bed hospital,” Treñas said.
The construction of COVID-19 Laboratory is already ongoing and expected to be completed in September.
Treñas said that he will talk to the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) for funding of the city hospital. “We would like to start it as soon as possible,” he added.
“We will prioritize the hospital because we see that this pandemic will be with us for as long we have no vaccine. If we already have our own hospital, we will be able to take care of our citizens.”
Treñas added that the city’s evacuation center, regional warehouse, Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) office will also be constructed in the area.
“It will be great since all the institutional requirements for health will soon be set up in one area,” Treñas said.