GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 November) — The provincial government of South Cotabato has completed around P72 million worth of priority infrastructure projects during the first three quarters of the year.
Engr. Marnilo Aperocho, acting head of the Provincial Engineer’s Office (PEO), said such accomplishment comprised 55 projects that were earlier targeted for completion from January to September this year.
He said among the major projects that they completed were the renovation and expansion of the South Cotabato Provincial Hospital (SCPH) and Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) complex.
“We prioritized the early completion of the health-related projects being part of the banner programs of the provincial government,” he said in a statement.
Aperocho said completed projects accomplished at the SCPH were the construction of the public toilet at the ground floor, installation of 5-horse power submersible pump, upgrading of the operating room and other facilities, installation of power and energy structures, construction of private consultation clinics at the pay-wing building and the renovation of the intensive care unit.
Also completed was the upgrading of the clinical laboratory, which is now capable of conducting water analysis and tests for schistosomiasis, malaria, leprosy and filariasis.
At the IPHO, the official said they completed the renovation of the provincial health officer’s office and the operation center office.
Aperocho said the other projects that were so far finished were the comfort room facilities at the zip line area in Seven Falls, Lake Sebu as well as the repair and renovation of provincial capitol offices.
Aperocho said 18 infrastructure projects worth P137.3 million are presently undergoing construction and are due for completion early next year.
He said the ongoing projects comprise the construction of farm-to-market roads; rehabilitation and concreting of provincial roads; construction of barangay halls, gyms, school buildings and footbridges; and, the completion of the provincial capitol’s Finance building and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management office. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)