NegOcc eyes turnover of hospitals to Calatrava, Escalante

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The Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol is studying the possibility of turning over the operations of two hospitals to two local government units (LGUs) in the 1st district.

There is an offer from the 1st district to Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson for them to manage the hospitals they are hosting, said Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz.

The Vicente Gustilo District Hospital is located in Escalante City, while Calatrava hosts the Municipal Hospital, both in the 1st district. (

Diaz said the offer from Calatrava and Escalante is based on the experience of the San Carlos City government that has its own city hospital.

He, however, clarified that there is no such movement yet to transfer the operations of hospitals to the said LGUs, citing the absence of a resolution from the Provincial Health Board and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

Meanwhile, the inventory of equipment is now ongoing to know what properties can be subject to a contract between the provincial government and the LGU, the official said, adding they are also studying the existing labor force.

If all the review and study are finished, Diaz said: “We will draft a deed of usufruct between the Capitol and the LGU where the duties of both parties are specified as well their obligations.”