Benguet General Hospital transfer of operations eyed

BENGUET officials are seeking the transfer of the management and operation of the Benguet General Hospital to the Department of Health.

This was made through a resolution now on its second reading authored by Board Members Johnny Waguis, Ruben Paoad, Jim Botiwey, and Fernando Balaodan.

The resolution said with BeGH management under DOH, the annul P40 million subsidy from the province can now be distributed to the six district hospitals in Benguet which is in dire need of facilities, equipment and personnel.

"The transfer of the management in the operation of BeGH to the DOH is not actually a plan by the provincial officials but it is a suggestion made by Asec. Roger Tong-an when he came to Benguet as our guest speaker, he incinirated that it will be beneficial to the province of Benguet.

According to him the DOH has necessary funds and support to operationalized the BeGH," said Board Member Jim Botiwey, who chairs the committee on health and social services. During a consultation last month, several stakeholders, including hospital employees raised their doubts on the proposed transfer of management but Botiwey assured there will be another round of public consultation before the province decides.

"We do not like to rush. I would really consider BeGH as a jewel of the province of Benguet if only we were able to operationalize. It is sad that until now, the personnel of BeGH particularly the nurses even doctors are still lacking.

Now we cannot just hire and hire because the BeGH cannot pay their salaries," Botiwey said. In June 2004, the management of the BeGH was transferred to the provincial government and operated as an economic enterprise under Provincial Ordinance No. 04-99 entitled "Declaring the New Benguet General Hospital as an economic enterprise of the Province of Benguet pursuan to the Pertinent Provisions of the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended and the Health Sector Reform Agenda of the National Government."

The ordinance stipulates that an annual subsidy of not less than P40M be allocated by the Provincial Government and may ceased when the hospital becomes financially viable.

Botiwey added the hospital has been an economic enterprise with the operations of BeGH dependent on their income and the province’s subsidy.

By Lauren Alimondo


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
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