ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 8 May) – The Department of Health (DOH) is constructing a P270-million medical center in the Zamboanga Sibugay province.
Zamboanga Sibugay information officer Roel Paloma said the health facility named as the Zamboanga Sibugay Medical Center will be constructed in a 57,000-square meter land in Barangay Tenan in Ipil, the province’ capital.
Paloma said that DOH Regional Director Nimfa Torrizo and Gov. Wilter Palma led the groundbreaking Thursday for the construction of the 100-bed capacity medical center.
He said that the DOH allocated P240 million of the P270 million funds for the construction of the medical center while the provincial government allotted counterpart funds of P30 million.
The medical center will cater to the health needs of the residents of Zamboanga Sibugay as well as that of nearby areas.
Zamboanga Sibugay, which comprises of 16 municipalities, has a population of 584,685 as of the 2010 census by the National Statistics Office (NSO).
It is ranked 29th among the provinces of the Philippines in terms of both population and population density and with an annual population growth rate is 16.09 percent.