Mt. Prov. avails of Japan grant
IN ITS aim to upgrade hospital facilities at Bontoc General Hospital, the Provincial Government of Mountain Province represented by Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan, Jr. entered into a grant contract for provision of medical fixtures under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) with the Government of Japan represented by Embassy of Japan (EOJ) Ambassador Koji Haneda at the EOJ, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City February 27.
The Grant Contract Signing program comprised of two parts, the orientation for proponents which dwelt on the financial mechanics of the grant and the accountability and responsibility of recipients and the GCS proper.
Lacwasan, Provincial Health Officer II Nenita D. Lizardo, Provincial Accountant Theodore Marrero, Provincial Treasurer Cawed A. Gamonnac, Provincial Information Officer Novy R. Afidchao and Engr. Cathleen Padngaran attended the GCS.
The ceremony was graced by Director Margarita Ballesteros, International Cooperation Office of the Department of Education (DepEd) and by Assistant Secretary Enrique A. Tayag, Office for Policy and Health Systems of the Department of Health (DOH). Other proponents from Socorro-LGU, Oriental Mindoro and from Natonin-LGU, Mountain Province led by Mayor Mateo Chiyawan were also present during the Grant Contract Signing.
The approved P2 million worth contract for Mountain Province LGU under the GGP will provide for two operating room lights and two delivery beds for Bontoc General
According to Dr. Lizardo, the medical fixtures aim to improve the efficiencies and effectiveness of operations and delivery procedures or services in the hospital. The project is expected to benefit approximately 1,300 patients in need of operations and 700 delivering pregnant women annually.
Ambassador Haneda commended the three LGU-recipients for their commitment to the projects as shown by their persistence in complying with the requisites and following up their proposals, thereby, their efforts coming to fruition.
“We are delighted that we are slowly bridging the gap between the government and the communities. The GGP is instrumental to the harmonious and continuing partnership between Japan and the Philippines. Through our partnership, we can make things happen,” Haneda added.
“On behalf of the people of Mountain Province, we extend our deepest gratitude to the Government of Japan for its continuous support to the people of Mountain Province by approving the grant aimed at upgrading one of our hospitals’ medical fixtures,” Lacwasan said in his message of appreciation.