CLARK FREEPORT – “Definitely, the construction of the new city hall as well as that of the new sports complex will be stopped.”
So declared mayor-elect Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin, Jr. during the “Balitaan” media forum organized by the Capampangan in Media, Inc. in cooperation with the Clark Development Corp. at the Bale Balita here on Friday.
“Patuknang taya pu yan uling etaya pu priority ing new city hall ampo sports complex. Masakit naman pung manalakad bayung city hall king arap na ning city hall murin (I will order a stop to it because it is not our priority, the new city hall and the new sports complex. It may be difficult to put up a new city hall in front of the city hall itself),” he said.
The incoming mayor explained that the huge hole that has been excavated by the contractor in front of the existing city hall will be filled and covered to make way for the parking lot and flag pole that once stood in the area.
“Malyari taya pung patambun pasibayu yan para pu ibalik taya pu itang kekatang parking karin ibalik taya pu itang flagpole karin (We can have it filled again so that we can put back the parking and put up the flagpole there),” Lazatin said.
The Pamintuan administration loaned P1.2 billion from the Development Bank of the Philippines where P580 million was allocated for the construction of the new city hall and steel parking and P360 million for the new sports complex.
But the incoming mayor reiterated that his priority is the modernization of the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Hospital otherwise known as the Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA) which is at present a Level 1 120-bed capacity hospital that was allegedly badly neglected.
“We are targeting to double that (240-bed capacity) or even more for the next two years. What I want are small targets so that they are achievable,” Lazatin said.
He said the funding for the hospital modernization have already been identified, particularly for the hospital laboratory, as well as for the preschools and the City College of Angeles.
“As agreed with Cong. Jonjon (Lazatin, his brother) I will fix the day care and he CCA and he will take care of the classrooms for elementary and high schools,” he said.
Lazatin explained that the hospital is still a “Level 1 Category” hospital because it still lacks facilities for Level 2 like a complete laboratory facility.
He said he would like to make the hospital to Level 3 but the most achievable is Level 2 in the next couple of years.
“Hopefully we will make it to Level 3 in three years’ time,” he said.
In the meantime, he said based on the recommendation of the Department of Health (DOH) the intensive care unit (ICU) will be closed and the Cardio Care Center “because we are not yet in that level.”
He said these facilities that the past administration put up there are not allowed to operate under Level 1 Category.
He added that the DOH inspection team concluded that these two units, ICU and Cardio Center, should not be operating.
Lazatin said his target for ONA is “Zero Billing” which means that if you have Phil- Health Card, you will no longer have to pay any amount for hospitalization.