Presently, residents of these costal barangays are having a hardtime commuting when they have to go to hospitals. “Maayo ang lugar,daw ka tawhay,” said Treñas. Mayor Jerry Treñas conducted an ocular inspection of the site andliked the location. “Basi ka-acquirekita one and half hectares,” saidTreñas. It is near coastal barangays of the district of Jaro and La Pazwhere public transport is scarce, he said, thus residents there would greatlybenefit from the hospital when it becomes operational. PHOTO BY ILOILO CITY GOVERNMENT “There will be three dialysis machines which DOH has committed,”said Treñas. ILOILO City – A vast private property in Barangay Hinactacan, LaPaz district is being eyed for the proposed city government-run hospital. “Possible pangitaan funding didto man saDOH. Very excited ako. Ang problema lang naton later on will be ourpersonnel compliment,” said Treñas. The city government previously put up a building at the Western VisayasMedical Center in Mandurriao district funded by the late Ilongga senator MiriamDefensor-Santiago. Healthcare services there were eventually absorbed by themedical center. The sorry state of government hospitals prompted him to make such aproposal, he said. But first, the city government has to find a lot where to construct thehospital. Building a “hospital for the poor” is one of Treñas’ campaignpromises during the May 2019 midterm elections. “Diutay man langang requirements sang DOH,” the city mayor added./PN Building a Level 1 hospital costs some P159 million, according to DOH. The city government committed to allot P10 million for the otherneeds of the center. “Nakita ko ang mga tawo nagadala sang ila hiligdaan. That is why gusto ko kita sa syudad, kon makasarang man lang, wewill have our own hospital,” said Treñas. The city mayor is hopeful the city government hospital would beable to realize the hospital within his term which ends in 2022; he is expectedto seek a second three-year term. Treñas said he initially mulled to just convert the La Paz Maternity& Reproductive Health Center into a hospital but he was told it could notpass DOH’s standards. As for the proposed city government-run dialysis center, Treñas said DOHwas also willing to help. An area has already been identified – the health center ofBarangay East Baluarte, Molo district. “We’ve learned so much from the present threat of the novelcoronavirus and the dengue outbreak last year,” said Treñas. He had an initial meeting with officials of the Department of Health(DOH) in June last year. DOH recommended that the city government start with a Level 1 or 50-bedhospital capable of performing surgery, said Treñas.