We are revisiting the status of the new hospital being built by the Provincial Government of Abra. You may recall more than a year ago, the new hospital which is worth millions of pesos (through a bank loan) to built, suffered some structural damage due to rains. There was a big uproar by Abrenians around the world why such a very expensive building would suffer damage from just a slight of rain? Abrenians also questioned the alleged contractor Glen Eduarte, the current Tayum Mayor.
Governor Takit Bersamin responded through a news releases by PIA: Abra gov assures soundness of new hospital building
He gave his assurance that investigation is going to be conducted within their level because he is for good governance and transparency. He also appealed for the people not take verbal reports ‘because the damage has to be investigated to determine who is at fault and we have to consider many factors surrounding the circumstances.’
“I would like to tell everyone that I am determined to fix everything because I want to finish the project despite what happened. We need this new hospital very badly because as of now, our old hospital can no longer accommodate our sick patients,” he announced.
This news was in August 2011. That’s was more than a year ago. Abrenians are now wondering what has happen to his investigation. When will this hospital going to open? When will it benefit Abrenians who urgently need healthcare? We visited the new hospital and this is what we saw – an idle piece of building, a waste of taxpayers’ money! (abrenian.com photos)