Junjun Binay bats for construction of Makati hospital
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
Former Makati City Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay has vowed to pursue the construction of a city government-funded hospital in the first district if ever he will recapture the mayorship of country’s financial hub in the upcoming polls.
Binay said he would focus on completing the construction of a tertiary hospital in the first district that will complement the present Ospital ng Makati (Osmak) in Barangay Pembo in the city’s second district.
He explained that the construction of the planned hospital was halted in 2015 after he was dismissed by former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales due to his pending graft charges in connection with alleged irregularities in the construction of the Makati City Parking Building and the Makati City Science High School building
The said project according to the former mayor was not resumed under the current Makati City Hall administration.
Binay stressed that the second hospital will allow for “a significant reduction in the patient volume at Osmak-Pembo, which will result in a lower patient-to-doctor ratio that will lead to more more efficient and effective health-care services.”
“Lahat ng kausap ko yan ang sinasabi, na sana matapos na ang Osmak sa first district. Naiintindihan ko rin sila, kasi mahirap talaga with worsening traffic na tumawid sa Pembo para magpagamot. This is especially true for our city’s senior citizens,” said Binay.
Aside from being more accessible to the residents of the first district, the former mayor added that consultation with the city’s different sectors has made him aware of the congestion issues that continue to plague Osmak––a natural consequence of the heavy influx of patients.
Carmen Hachero, chairperson of the Barangay Council of Senior Citizens (BCSC) in Barangay Carmona stressed that although the services are free, many of the seniors in the first district opted not to go to Osmak because it is so difficult for them to go there.
“They are sick, they are old, and they have problems with their mobility. They really need a hospital closer to home,” said Hanchero.