PCMC to undergo retrofitting
MANILA - The Philippine Children's Medical Center is set to undergo retrofitting, according to PCMC executive assistant Mary Anne Bunyi.
Speaking with radio dzMM on Friday, Bunyi said they will begin to retrofit the building on Monday, November 4.
"Yung retrofitting na yan gagawin po namin para tibayan yung mga poste ng PCMC kasi 33 years na po yung istruktura," Bunyi said.
Their decision to retrofit the building came after the massive October 15 quake that damaged houses, schools, hospitals and historical churches in Bohol and nearby areas in the Visayas.
Bunyi said due to the scheduled retrofitting, hospital services will be limited for now. But she assured that the PCMC will coordinate with other hospitals for patients who would need to be confined.
"Mababawasan po ang serbisyo namin pansamantala para sa mga pasyente... Malilimit yung admissions namin sa mga private and charity patients," she said.
"Pero hindi naman po namin pababayaan na hindi sila ma-confine kung kailangan talaga," she added.
'Just donate the lot to us'
Meanwhile, Bunyi appealed to the Department of Health (DOH) to help them get back a portion of their lot which was sold by the National Housing Authority (NHA) to the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS).
PIDS is under the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
"Ang gusto sana ng ospital ay matulungan kami ng DOH...na sana mabawi namin yung lupa," she said, adding that they have yet to receive feedback from the agency.
"Sana i-donate na lang yung buong lupa sa PCMC," she added.
The NHA previously asked the PCMC to purchase the lot it has stood on for nearly 34 years for P1.1 billion, saying that it needs to raise funds for the relocation of informal settlers.
The NHA has already been selling the hospital's lots piecemeal to other government agencies.
Netizens, meanwhile, have already started an online petition at website Change.org to stop the NHA from evicting the PCMC.