Sara to ink deal with DOH for P60-mln. CHO building

MAYOR SARA Duterte-Carpio sought the permission of the City Council to sign an agreement with the Department of Health (DOH) for the P60 million City Health Office (CHO) building whose construction will commence within the next two years.

 City Council committee on health chair Dr. Mary Joselle Villafuerte said the item is set to be discussed in next week’s city council agenda.

 “We will discuss the city government’s responsibilities,” she said.

 Among the city government’s responsibilities include the finding of a government-owned lot, as well as to allocate funds for maintenance and personnel.

 Villafuerte said that the city council was supportive of the proposed MOA.

 Last year, the CHO asked city engineers here to prepare its program of works for the structure.

 The amount has already been earmarked under the DOH’s 2018 budget.

 CHO head Josephine Villafuerte, in an interview, said that the city government already has a perspective ready, while the program of works would accelerate the funding for the project.

 A new CHO building would improve the service delivery for the city, which is not only expansive at 244,000 hectares but also has at least 10 health districts. The current CHO building, which sits along Pichon Street is old and wooden.

 The proposed structure is five stories high with the sixth floor acting as a roofdeck. The roofdeck would incorporate green building practices such as urban gardening.

 The city will also build structures for the City Social Services and Development Office (CSSDO), City Archives Office, and City Library, among others in its bid to boost infrastructure development in government facilities.

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