By: Diana Bernardes-Chawdhury
After a long wait, the Biliran Provincial Hospital finally got itself a Chief of Hospital in the person of Dr. Edgar Veloso, a surgeon and a graduate of Masters in Hospital Administration from the Ateneo University. He started being the official Chief of Hospital last January 16, 2008. He was personally recruited by Governor Roger Espina, when they met in California during the latest US trip of the Governor to attend a Quality Health Management Training at Harvard. They were batchmates during their medical school days.
Dr. Veloso is the son of the late Congressman of the 3rd district of Leyte, Hon. Alberto Veloso and married to Elenita Mojica also a physician specializing in Obstetrics/Gynecology and connected with the Obstetrics Dept of the East Avenue Medical Center. They have two kids Vittorio Alberto, 16 and Alexa Gabriel, 10.
The few people who know that Dr. Veloso started his new post as the Provincial Hospital Chief cannot help to speculate about probable political plans here in Biliran as like his politician father he himself had a stint in politics as Vice Governor of the Province of Leyte in 1995-1998 and planned to run as Congressman in the third district of Leyte in the 2007 elections.
Being asked this, his reply was a big guffaw as this scenario seems to be farfetched in his mind now. What he envisions is to be of help in placing the Biliran Provincial Hospital in the right track of development it being the only hospital here in the Province. He was informed that the hospital is applying for a third-level,100 bed capacity hospital and to do this and the various requirements, a well-qualified physician is needed for the job and its various demands to keep it running at an even keel. While there were several physicians being considered, all of them had several qualifications lacking. But more than the academic and training requirements to qualify for the post the most important quality that Dr. Veloso possesses is his people skills or his ability to manage people with so very diverse personalities and background.
Before he was elected as Vice Governor of Leyte, he worked as a resident physician at the East Avenue Medical Center then as Congress Physician of the House of Representatives from 1999-2006.
He realizes the huge challenge that the post as Chief of Hospital demands of him. He takes this one day at a time and hopes that all his initiatives and plans will be supported by the Governor, with the cooperation of both health workers and the support staff at the hospital, he is confident that the challenges will eventually be met.