March 4, 2024

TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The city government will soon have its own hospital following the issuance of permit by the Department of Health.

The facility to be named “Tabuk City Diagnostic Center and Emergency Hospital” will rise at the  city government’s lot in Barangay Appas, here.

City Administrator Arnold Tenedero said requirements are now being prepared for the immediate start of the project.

The project has been long proposed under the city government’s health program aimed at bringing primary health care to its growing population, especially the less-privileged, Tenedero said.

The DOH’s move affirmed the pressing need of local governments to have and operate their own hospitals in line with the universal health care program, he added.

Once it becomes operational, the facility would be a major government health service provider and help lessen the problem on over-capacity in other government hospitals.   

Council Ivan Yannick Bagayao, chair of the city council committee on health, expressed his support and thanked the DOH for approving the project.  

He said the hospital will help decongest the Kalinga Provincial Hospital or private hospitals in the province.  It will be an added emergency care facility with the city’s increasing cases of svehicular accidents, he said. – Larry Lopez