ILOILO – The provincial government has donated two of its lots located in Barangay Bolong Oeste, Sta. Barbara for the proposed construction of regional offices of Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and Department of Health (DOH) in Western Visayas.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. has signed the memorandum of agreement and conditional deed of donations for Lots 505 and 502 in favor of PhilHealth and DOH during the recent visit of Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial here.
“The consent of the provincial government to donate part of its property in Sta. Barbara to PhilHealth and DOH is just a manifestation of our concern for the health of our people… I’m sure that the establishment of appropriate regional offices will improve and strengthen the capability, availability and efficiencies of these agencies,” said Defensor.
The 12th Sangguniang Panlalawigan gave Defensor the authority to sign the memorandum of agreement and conditional deed of donations through Resolution No. 2017-376 passed during their 49th Regular Session on June 20, 2017.
Lot 505, covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. 20381 for PhilHealth, contains an area of 2,219 square meters, while Lot 502, which is covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. 11349 for DOH, contains an area of 7,704 square meters.
The donations are conditioned that the properties shall be for the exclusive use of PhilHealth and DOH regional offices and in event that the said agencies will no longer use the property for the intended purpose its ownership will automatically revert back to the province.
PhilHealth Regional Vice President Lourdes Diocson recognized Defensor’s strong support to PhilHealth and his pursuit for inclusive healthcare.
“We are lacking in words to express our extreme gratitude to the province, especially to the governor. This will not only benefit the Ilonggos but the whole of Western Visayas,” Diocson said.
Ubial was also grateful of governor’s generosity granting that the existing regional office of DOH has been squatting in the property of Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
“With this, we can finally say that DOH has a place in Western Visayas,” she stressed adding that they will work immediately in building their regional office.