By Marchel Espina
Stressing that the new district hospital in Sipalay City will have accessible health services, Merceditas Montilla said yesterday that the hospital will have its soft opening on April of this year.
Montilla, who is the first cousin of Negros Occidental Vice Governor Genaro “Lim-ao” Alvarez Jr., reiterated that she is very thankful that Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. had accepted the two-hectare lot in Barangay Canturay, which is the site of the Merceditas J. Montilla District Hospital.
The governor is not only the father of the north, but he is also the father of the south, she emphasized, as she pointed out that many politicians have come and go, but the south has been forgotten.
She reiterated that she had offered the lot to the city government of Sipalay first, however, she said that they didn’t accept it.
“Maybe their agenda is not to accept it,” she emphasized.
She further said that the south is the bailiwick of the vice governor, which is why she is hesitant to go to the governor “because he is from the north.”
Only the governor had accepted the (lot) donation, Montilla said, adding that he (Marañon) had thought about the needs of the people in the south.
She said that without the governor, the hospital will not be materialized, stressing that she is very thankful to the provincial government because the hospital will have a tremendous impact in the community.
It will generate jobs and livelihood for the people there, she added.
She further said that the district hospital will have 75 beds and 14 private rooms.
Aside from the two-hectare lot, Montilla had also donated 2,600 square meter lot, which will be used as the access road in going to the health facility.
She claimed that she wants the road to be called Friendship Avenue because friendship blossomed between her and the governor.
“It is politically correct to call it Friendship Avenue because I met a lot of nice people during the construction of this hospital,” Montilla said.
Asked about the political standing of Marañon in the south, she begged off not to comment because she is not a politician./WDJ