Martinez thanks Duterte for fulfilling promise on Valenzuela hospital expansion

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By Billy Begas

House Deputy Speaker and Valenzuela Rep. Eric Martinez thanked President Rodrigo Duterte for fulfilling his promise to him six years ago to expand the Valenzuela Medical Center (VMC).

In a video posted on his social media account, Martinez narrated that during the 2016 presidential campaign Duterte and Sen. Christopher Go visited Valenzuela City.

“Kung matatandaan mo pare (referring to Go), kinalabit ko si Tatay Digong ‘nun. Tinuro ko ‘yung ospital. Vice Mayor pa lang ninyo po ako ‘nun. Sabi ko, ‘Tatay, ‘pag ikaw na ang Presidente ng Pilipinas, iyang ospital na ‘yan, sana po’y maiayos natin. Tumango ang Tatay Digong sa ‘kin. Sabi niya, ‘Eric ‘wag ka mag-alala. Once we get to Malacañang we’ll work on it’,” said Martinez during the ground breaking ceremony of the hospital’s expansion.

Later, Martinez filed a measure to increase VMC’s bed capacity from 200 to 500. Go sponsored the measure in the Senate. Duterte signed the measure into law in 2018 and become Republic Act 11327.

“Isang pangako ni Tatay Digong na tinupad sa ating mga Valenzuelanos,” Martinez added.

Martinez also thanked Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian and Valenzuela City Rep. Wes Gatchalian, who were co-authors of the bill, and Valenzuela City Mayor Rex Gatchalian, who spearheaded the local government efforts on the realization of the project.

Since the granting of VMC expansion, the hospital has constructed an Infectious Disease Clinic and Warehouse building which has a 134-bed operating capacity, two emergency rooms — one for infectious and another for non-infectious diseases, and a Malasakit Center.

Recently, a ground-breaking ceremony was held for the P208-million hospital expansion project which includes a Radiology Department, Operating Room Complex and Surgical Intensive Care, Hemodialysis, Chemotherapy, and Ambulatory Surgical Units.

It will be built by Scheirman Construction Consolidated, Inc. (SCCI), the same contractor behind the Makati Life Medical Center, a public-private partnership hospital being jointly developed by the Makati local government and Life Nurture Inc.