BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia assured that the rift between the administration party Grupo Progreso will not affect in any way the establishment of the Bacolod General Hospital.
Leonardia was referring to the district hospital whose establishment was made possible through the house bill that the congressman authored and had been approved by Congress for final reading.
The mayor said that the project will go unhampered as GP had adopted this in its platform and was part of their campaign promise during the 2019 elections.
“We were all signatories to that (2019 platform). That is for the record,” he said.
Leonardia also said that Grupo Progreso, the political alliance that he formed 14 years ago, “will honor and respect whatever personal relations” some GP councilors with Gasataya.
“We will honor and respect personal relationships. It can happen that even if they belong to different political groups, they can still remain friends,” Leonardia said.
Leonardia, at a press conference late last week, disclosed that the GP had decided to act on reports from the ground and from party loyalists that Gasataya’s declaration that he will stay neutral until the end of the 2022 campaign period was a “sham”.
Leonardia also said that his office had been “working silently” on the Bacolod General Hospital and as of late, the Department of Health has been in touch with the local government regarding details of the project.
He also disclosed that City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan has been working on a possible locale that should be big enough not only to accommodate the new hospital but also the Bacolod City Health Office because the present CHO is already small for the city.
“We want to see a medical complex. You have the hospital and the CHO that needs to be transfered,” he said.*