The P2.2 billion requirement to fully modernize Bohol’s biggest hospital run by the government, the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH), has been finally approved with the signing of its crucial Multi-Year Obligational Authority (MYOA).
Gov. Edgar Chatto thanked the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Health (DOH) and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) for the final approval.
DBM Sec. Benjamin Diokno signed the MYOA following the strong endorsements from DOH Sec. Francisco Doque and NEDA Sec. Ernesto Pernia, said Chatto who has himself been a pillar pusher of the paradigm health project.
The existing main hospital located in Tagbilaran City will continue to operate with its new P500 million building, which construction is progressing, while its major extension for specialized services will rise on a provincial property in Cortes.
The MYOA is a document issued by the DBM either for locally-funded or foreign-assisted projects implemented by agencies (in this case the DOH) in order to authorize the latter to enter into multi-year contracts for the full project.
It is a guaranty of yearly allocations in the annual National Expenditure Program (NEP) or General Appropriations Act (GAA) until the project is fully completed.
The project had passed through separate scrutinies by the Provincial Development Council (PDC), Regional Development Council (RDC), NEDA Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) and, ultimately, NEDA Board during its first meeting under Pres. Rodrigo Duterte.
Chatto chairs the PDC and is himself a former RDC chairman.
Immediate ground/geophysical assessment will be done this year as one basis for the detailed engineering design of the new hospital complex in Cortes, according to Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Dir. Liza Manzano.
The assessment and design are preparatory activities before the project bidding and contract awarding.
Full-blast construction will be in 2019 or next year and the project is expected for completion in 2020, the governor said.
Chatto and GCGMH chief Dr. Mutya Kismet Tirol-Macuno are working double time with the DOH Central Office to assist in providing data for the detailed engineering design.
In Congress, Rep. Rene Relampagos is exerting all effort for his enabling bill modernizing the GCGMH by even more than doubling the hospital’s existing capacity to over 500 beds.
Relampagos’ measure also seeks to rename the hospital into the Gov. Celestino Gallares Memorial Medical Center (GCGMMC).
CHATTO ALSO DREAMS OF A COLLEGE OF MEDICINE
With the P2.2 billion fund authority secured for the modern GCGMH, Chatto has been tempted to dream of a college of medicine in Bohol.
While the existing main GCGMH is undergoing a major development, the extension complex in Cortes will offer specialized health care services for mental/behavioral health, tropical medicine, kidney, lung and heart institutes, cancer center, etcetera.
Chatto and Macuno are one in yearning for more advanced health care services in this province-part of the country.
An optimistic Chatto said the medical college he dreams of can be in any of the private universities, if not in the Bohol Island State University (BISU), to ensure well-trained physicians who are willing to serve Bohol.