Governor Nelson Dayanghirang vows to allocate big funds for the hospital during its 45th Founding Anniversary on July 22.

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang vows to allocate big funds for the hospital during its 45th Founding Anniversary on July 22.

A much bigger budget awaits the Capitol-run Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center next year as the new Governor Nelson Dayanghirang vows to allocate big funds for the hospital in order to further boost its services especially to the poor.

“Sa susunod na taon, isang pangako na dadagdagan natin ang pondo ng hospital partikular sa mga gamot na pangangailangan ng ating pasyente,” says Governor Dayanghirang who recently graced the provincial hospital’s 45th founding anniversary.  

He also vowed to add regular items for nurses next year. “Uunahin natin ilagay sa posisyon ang matagal ng nanenerbisyo sa ating hospital. Titingnan natin ang performance. Yan ang isang pangako na bawat taon mag dagdag tayo ng plantilla position para sa ating mga nurses,” he adds.

Governor Dayanghirang vows to build from the sprawling and towering legacy of former Governor, now First District Rep. Corazon Malanyaon whom he described to have a “heart of a doctor to the barrios.”

“Words alone are worthless. Our love especially for the sick poor should not be just words and talk. It must be true love which shows itself in action. In less than a year after assuming her post, my predecessor, former Governor Corazon Malanyaon had first decongested the old provincial hospital by building a sprawling out-patient department building. And what followed next have pleasantly surprised everyone. Making true her campaign promise to transform the decrepit provincial hospital into a first-class public hospital for the poor, Governor Malanyaon used the huge mandate from her people by changing institutions that stood in the way of an effective response. Her energetic leadership took the bold and unprecedented step by making under-investment in public health care services a thing of the past. She proudly unveiled one of her biggest signature achievements: a new, modern and bigger Davao Oriental Provincial Medical Center, a 200-bed capacity hospital with state-of-the-art medical equipment,” says Governor Dayanghirang.


Gov. Nelson Dayanghirang hands over an award to one of the hopsital employees. Joining the governor (from L to R): Public Health Consultant Dr. Resuldo Malintad, OIC Chief of Hospital Dr. Hermingilda Nartatez, and Vice Governor Niño Sotero Uy.

“We are so impressed. This is a product of a genuine collaboration between very enlightened local executives and the Department of Health. It is not uncommon to see run-down hospital buildings in the provinces. It is also not uncommon to see government hospitals lacking in the necessary equipment as well as staff complement. You can see that change has started and I am so happy and proud to see that it is starting in our province. We all have witnessed the very strong commitment of former Governor Malanyaon to deliver a quality health care. We will continue that commitment. So I can confidently say that the people of Davao Oriental are in good hands. With the acquisition of new equipment and recruitment and training of better-qualified staff, the hospital is now capable of performing all procedures except those that are extremely specialized,” says the governor.


Governor Dayanghirang stressed that he envisioned the new provincial hospital to become a world-class public hospital “with gentle hands and compassion for the sick poor.”

“As our new hospital is now being benchmarked and awarded as an outstanding public hospital in the region, I earnestly call on our health care workers to enhance the hospital’s medical reputation because you are the heart of this new hospital that we envisioned to have gentle hands and compassion for the poor. After providing you with attractive salaries, I earnestly ask our health care workers to bring to the sick poor a great deal of loving care, attention and more understanding. Let us always strive to make especially the indigent patients feel special in this hospital. Alongside the creation of a new hospital in the capital City of Mati, we will also continue to upgrade the district hospitals in the towns of Cateel, Manay, Lupon and Governor Generoso,” says Governor Dayanghirang.

“The massive public expressions of gratitude for our health care program has made us to say that our efforts have truly created a strong impact that have significantly improved our people’s access to quality health care. We are also taking pride of the fact that our health program have also dramatically reduced malnutrition rate in the province. Davao Oriental used to have the highest malnutrition rate in the Davao Region. Now, the Department of Health has awarded our province for our outstanding public health programs, lauding us for transforming our status to become a model province with the lowest rate for malnutrition. Good governance and team work for a worthwhile vision has made it possible for us to attain extraordinary achievements that makes a difference in the lives and fortunes of the less privileged. Truly, our former Governor Cora Malanyaon have set the bar higher for her successor. We will continue to pay closer attention to the sentiments of the public for that is a genuine public service that is truly responsive to the needs of the people.” By FERDINAND ZUASOLA


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