By Diana Bernardes-Chawdhury
In a very simple turn-over ceremony last Friday, October 19, 2012, the Biliran Provincial Hospital received 50 Brand New Hospital Beds from Congressman Rogelio J. Espina through his PDAF. The ceremony was attended by the Chief of Hospital, Dr. Edgar T. Veloso, Supervising Administrative Officer, Diana Bernardes-Chawdhury, Administrative Officer IV, Alton Durano and several officers and staff of both the Congressional Office of Congressman Espina and the Biliran Provincial Hospital.
Congressman Espina, himself an Orthopedic Surgeon before joining politics, vowed to help the Lone Hospital in the Province develop to be a third level hospital to fully maximize and serve the people of Biliran. In 2010, through his initiative and proposal while on his third term as Governor, Congressman Espina was able to get a grant from the Health Facility Enhancement Program of the Department of Health amounting to P 52 million donated by the European Commission. A part grant/part loan amounting to P 40 Million from the KfW of Germany provided the other big component of the total fund, while a small component which served as the equity of the Provincial Government amounting to P 10 million completed the total cost of the new Hospital complex which amounted to P 102 million. With several revisions applied to the whole set during the completion stage, another P10 million from the same Health Facility Enhancement Programof the Department of Health was provided, the hospital is now an almost complete edifice ready to be granted a Third Level License and Service Capability. The Biliran Provincial Hospital in fact is the newest, most beautifully designed government hospital complex in the whole region today.
The challenge of providing the corresponding equipments and furnishings has been faced as another challenge by leaders of the province. With the decrease of the Internal Revenue Allotment to the Provincial Government of Biliran along with other Local Government Units, the Governor’s hands are tied in being able to implement what was the original plan to totally refurbish the new hospital. Incidentally, the challenge has been met by the Congressman who makes it a point to know what the lacking equipments and furnishings of the hospital are as his office is strategically located within the compound.
The hospital beds therefore is merely one of the furnishings that Congressman Espina saw fit to provide for the new edifice as the old ones look more delapidated in the brand new setting and patients do not feel too well using the rusted almost decrepit furnitures.
The 50 hospital beds that were turned over shall all be placed in the wards for the use of the indigent and patients who cannot afford the private rooms.