WHAT the Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Provincial Hospital Annex inside the Clark Freeport Zone is expected to look like. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF PAMPANGA PIO FACEBOOK
CLARK FREEPORT ZONE — The first government hospital here will soon rise after the provincial government of Pampanga and the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) agreed to build the Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial Provincial Hospital (DPMMPH) Annex.
Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda said the provincial government will allot P100 million for the construction of the annex that will cater to about 140,000 employees working inside the premier freeport zone.
“The DPMMPH Annex will provide employees of companies located here with basic and affordable medical services,” Pineda said.
“This is for our workers. We must have a healthy workforce to make our families happy, our communities at peace, and our economy productive.”
Visualized in 2019 by Vice Governor Lilia Pineda, the project got the go signal from CDC for a parcel of land to be utilized as a medical facility. The project was unanimously approved last year by the Provincial Legislative Board.
The CDC board approved the use of a 5,000-square-meter area inside Clark Freeport to house the medical facility.
If the provincial government extends the use of the land, the deed of usufruct allows an extension of 25 years.
The governor said the project will help the province provide a better health care system for its constituents.
Bases Conversion and Development Authority president and National Task Force against COVID-19 Testing czar Vince Dizon said P100 million will also be allocated under the proposed Bayanihan to Recover as One Act (Bayanihan 2).
In addition, Mabalacat City pledged P30 million annually for five years.