Ormoc City Mayor Edward Codilla
Ormoc City Mayor Edward Codilla.

ORMOC CITY, Leyte, Jan. 7 (PNA) -– In its desire to make the City Hospital operational in June 2016, the city government here pushed for the restoration of the facility’s building to its pre-Yolanda state.

Construction of the medical center was 97.77 percent complete when it was severely damaged by the super typhoon on November 2013.

Mayor Edward Codilla ordered the release of PHP19.44 million on the last quarter of 2015 to rehabilitate the hospital building and another PHP40 million this year to complete the structure.

The 2016 Annual Investment Plan (AIP) allots PHP180 million to make the facility fully operational.

To be taken from the 20 percent development fund, the PHP180 million is distributed to capital outlay, PHP105 million; maintenance and other operating expenses, PHP30 million; and personal services, PHP45 million. The city government will fill up 63 regular positions in the hospital.

The PHP105 million capital outlay will be utilized to procure needed facilities namely information technology equipment and software, PHP15 million; office equipment, PHP11 million; vehicles, PHP12 million; furniture and fixtures, PHP12 million; machineries, PHP20 million; and other equipment, PHP35 million.

City planning and development officer Raoul Cam explained that the realization of projects outlined in the AIP will depend on the availability of funds. If the fund allocation is insufficient, a supplemental budget will be passed but will also depend on fund availability. (PNA)