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2 hospitals formally turned over to Calatrava, Escalante

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson signed memorandums of agreement with the mayors of Escalante City and Calatrava today, March 1, for the turnover of the management of two provincial government hospitals to them.

Lascon signed a MOA with Mayor Melecio Yap Jr. for the turnover of the management of the Vicente Gustilo District Hospital in Escalante City to the city government.

He also signed a MOA with Mayor Marilyn Era for the turnover of the Calatrava District Hospital to the Calatrava municipal government.

The signing held at the Negros Residences in Bacolod City was witnessed by Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer and Board Members Rommel Debulgado of Araceli Somosa of the first district of Negros Occidental.

Both mayors signified their readiness to operate the hospitals, Lacson said.

“They both admitted it will be a challenge but they are up to the task,” he added.

The provincial government will continue to provide support to the two LGUs for the running of the hospitals for the next couple of years until such time that they will no longer need any subsidy, Lacson said.

Many of the personnel of the two hospitals have opted to continue working for the provincial government so they will be assigned to other provincial government-run district hospitals, he added.

The two LGUs will hire their own personnel for their hospitals to fill in the posts vacated by those moving to other district hospitals under the provincial government, Lacson said.*

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