The Pangasinan provincial government will shift its focus from infrastructure development of all government hospitals to manpower development next year.
This was announced by Governor Amado Espino III, saying it will have a big positive impact on the people of Pangasinan especially the indigents seeking treatment in these medical facilities.
He bared this shift in paradigm in an earlier meeting with members of the Provincial Development Council (PDC).
This means the provincial government will hire more doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to beef up the existing manpower of the 14 public hospitals being operated by the province, led by the Pangasinan Provincial Hospital in San Carlos City.
In previous years, and even during the administration of then Governor Amado Espino Jr., now congressman of the fifth district of Pangasinan, the provincial government focused on giving these public hospitals new and modern equipment for them to be at least at par with many modern private hospitals in the province and in the end make these “hospitals of choice” for all Pangasinenses.
Another priority bared by Gov. Espino is the acquisition of another set of asphalt pavers to be utilized for the construction and renovation of more provincial roads, school building construction and repairs.
The other major projects for next year are the construction of the Provincial Training and Development Center II as well as of the Pangasinan Coliseum at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center.
Meanwhile, the Governor reported that the reconstruction of the Casa Real, once seat of the provincial government of Pangasinan that was renamed as “Abongna Dayew”, is now almost complete.
The project was given initial funding of PHP5 million by the provincial government, which was boosted by funds from the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority. (PNA)