Health landmark

A Public-Private Partnership (PPP) concept that’s a brainchild of PNoy administration is now in motion in far Sarangani province where local officials have forged an agreement with the Development Bank of the Philippines through its Credit for Better Health Care Program that’ll call for the establishment of Sarangani Medical Center.

Stands to be the province’s “health landmark,” the proposed 200-bed tertiary facility was officially unveiled on Monday in what was described as its pro-active response to the President’s health agenda focused on the universal healthcare for the entire country, according to World Boxing Champ and Lone District Rep. Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.

Pacquiao and Gov. Migs Dominguez were one in saying that it’s the first time that a local govern-ment unit will enter into this kind of agreement which is a trend the national government is looking at to run existing facilities in the country.

With the medical facility in the province, Pacman and Dominguez delightfully say that indigents can now receive the kind of treatment the rich enjoy in private hospitals.

For the World Champ, he says: “It is a primary con-cern in Sarangani to put pre-mium on the health condition of the people because healthy community is crucial to a healthy economy.”

Casino in Boracay

Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with the planned establishment of a casino in the island resort of Boracay especially if the proponents’ intention is to cater to foreign tourists and other gambling aficionados who surely don’t belong to the poor sector.

While I respect the residents’ opposition to the project, however, I had still this doubt if they are really into it for all we know they can love to have it there as it’ll certainly boost revenues for the provincial government’s coffers.

A party-list group has expressed apprehensions that the proposed casino could trigger criminal activities in Boracay Island considered by many as one of the best in the world. (To be continued)

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