WATER FOR LIFE and hospital saves lives are slogans for two basic services that the local officials of Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur will be providing their people after their inauguration recently.
Congressman Tony Cerilles on behalf of his wife Governor Auring graced the simultaneous blessing and inauguration of the P28-million Mahayag Local Water System and the newly renovated Mahayag Municipal Hospital last July 23.
In his message, the province’ political patriarch praised Mayor Paulino Fanilag, Sr. and the Sangguniang Bayan led by Vice Mayor Lorna Espina for their political will in taking over the management and operation of the former Mahayag District Hospital vacated by the provincial government when it started maintaining a much bigger health facility in Pagadian City, the Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center.
Those who attended the activity, like senior citizens, barangay officials, students and teachers listened attentively to Cerilles telling them of the provincial government’s plan to give autonomy to local government units to operate municipal hospitals, an observer said.
This is the reason why LGUs like Mahayag town were challenged to operate a municipal hospital since it would be an advantage to them because of the capitation share from PhilHealth, he added.
Mahayag followed Dinas municipality in taking over the operation of a primary hospital after the Provincial Government gave them the opportunity to operate a health facility that could cater to minor ailments of their constituents.
According to Mayor Fanilag, they would hire at least six doctors to attend to health needs of Mahayag and neighbouring towns like Josefina, Dumingag, and Don Victoriano (Misamis Occidental).
Fanilag expressed confidence that the LGU can sustain the operation of the hospital with at least 3,000 households enrolled at PhilHealth. “If the people cooperate, no reason we cannot sustain this hospital,” he said.
Meanwhile, Vice Mayor Espina said that they are waiting for the license to operate to be issued by the Department of Health.
Atty. Timothy Galvez, chief of DOH licensing division was there during the inauguration for the actual inspection of the health facility.