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Palawan provincial government steps up health and tourism infrastructures

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Two hospitals in southern Palawan were recently inaugurated in line with the commitment of the Provincial Government of Palawan for an effective delivery of health services for every Palaweño.

The Narra Municipal Hospital situated in Barangay Antipuluan, in the town of Narra was inaugurated last June 27, 2018 while the newly renovated Southern Palawan Provincial Hospital in the municipality of Brooke’s Point was formally opened on June 28, this year.

The provincial government and the Department of Health (DOH) in closed coordination with the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and the local government units of the municipalities bankrolled these projects in relation to the effort of Palawan Governor Jose Ch. Alvarez for an inclusive development goal through an Infrastructure, Health, Education, Livelihood and Protection of the Environment (IHELP)-centered programs.

The two-newly inaugurated hospitals are equipped with state-of-the-art medical equipment and facilities such as the laboratory equipment, CT scan, isolation building, mortuary, power house building, elevated water tank, water treatment facility and material recovery facility building to name a few.

In his message, Governor Alvarez assured the public of continued quality health services for every Palaweño.

Ang hospital na ito ay libre at walang pipiliin maging sino ka man. Marami rin tayong inilaang mga serbisyo lalo na para sa mga senior citizens,” said the governor.

In the last quarter of 2017, the provincial government also inaugurated the Aborlan Medicare Hospital in the municipality of Aborlan, Palawan.  More hospitals are expected to open before the end of this year.

Aside from the health infrastructure, the Provincial Government of Palawan is also working on the continuous development of tourism infrastructure and water supply systems in the province.

The robust growth of the tourism industry in Palawan made it imperative for the provincial government to fast track the development of roads, seaports and airports to serve the needs of tourists arriving in the local shores.

The P30 Billion-600 kilometer six-lane highway is currently being implemented in the province and is expected to be completed in the year 2020. This road project funded by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is seen to improve travel time to major tourism destinations in Palawan as well as the transporting of agricultural products from one municipality to another.

The newly-opened San Vicente Airport will provide easy access to tourist from Luzon provinces to top destinations in northern Palawan.

Meanwhile, the construction of the Buliluyan Port in the municipality of Bataraza will serve as the jump off point to and from Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines-East Asean Growth Area or BIMP-EAGA destinations.  The opening of the port will facilitate the movement of people, goods and services between Palawan and the EAGA destinations particularly Kota Kinabalu.

The provision of potable water is a concrete response of Governor Alvarez to the basic need of the local constituency in all barangays of the province. The Palawan Provincewide Water Infrasructure Development Office continuously implements water supply system projects to address the shortage of clean and potable drinking water in the countryside.