Garcia said the province is committed in the same MOA to shoulder 25 percent of the expenses of the 350 bed-capacity BGH for 2014. “The P25 million is just an estimate. There could be more obligations from us,” said Garcia.
Garcia stressed that he and the 12 mayors of Bataan “are prioritizing health that’s why we are in full force here.” He was referring to their attendance at the stakeholders meeting sponsored by the DOH.
Garcia maintained that Bataan is one of the top placers in the Human Development Index (HDI) among provinces in the country. The HDI is prepared by the National Statistical Information Center (NSIC).
“Included in the HDI is health, especially on life expectancy. But I have to admit there are a lot more to be done when it comes to health service,” said Garcia.
The first-term governor said among their priorities is to purchase more hospital equipment for the BGH.
Garcia welcomed the statement of DOH Assistant Secretary Gerardo Bayugo, head of the Northern and Central Luzon cluster, that the DOH is planning to be ISO certified.
Garcia said the BGH “is also planning to be ISO certified and we hope we can cascade this to the Rural Health Centers.” Garcia expressed gratitude to DOH Regional Director Dr. Leonita Gorgolon for the “all-out support to Bataan.”
Earlier, Garcia and his father, former governor and now Second District Rep. Enrique “Tet” Garcia, poured in millions of funds for the establishment of a new three-storey building at the BGH.