By Manilyn Ugalde
LEGAZPI CITY, 25June2013 (PNA) – A P80-million hospital will soon rise in a 3,000-square-meter site at the developing reclamation area here, which health authorities believe, is conducive to health — being at a coastal location and very near the city proper.
The hospital project will start next year, ahead of the proposed P100-million convention center located at same area, according to Legazpi City mayor-elect Noel Rosal, husband of outgoing mayor Geraldine Rosal.
According to Rosal, funding for the proposed hospital project will be shouldered by the city, with a counterpart from the national government.
He said the city will also shoulder the cost of maintenance and other hospital operating expenses, saying it has the capacity to do so.
Rosal said the Legazpi hospital project will complement the crowded Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital in Legazpi, now equipped with sophisticated machines — including one for dialysis, which charges lower costs.
“The demand for our own city hospital will finally be realized next year,” he said, adding that “the coastal reclamation area facing the Albay gulf is indeed a most conducive location site.”
“We have so many projects lined up for the four-kilometer long developing reclamation area, considered one of the best boulevards in the country — stretching the coastal barangays of Victory Village, Dapdap, Puro and Lamba where modern housing projects on the upper side abound and overlooking the sea.” Rosal.said.
He said that with Legazpi as a known tourist city, it has become the favorite convention site — with the now-busy reclamation area as an added attraction, not to mention the provoking come-on beauty of the Albay’s pride, the Mayon Volcano.
Rosal disclosed that right at the entrance of the reclamation area in Barangay Victory is located the Bicol biggest and highly attractively designed Embarcadero mall and the region’s largest call center whose building alone already cost P150 million.
“Hopefully, the city could expand the hospital initial’s 3,000-square-meter site to 4,000 square meters,” the mayor said.(PNA)