P5.5M birthing clinic in Zarraga opens

The P5.5-million birthing clinic in Zarraga town has opened.

The birthing clinic aims to reduce the maternal and neonatal deaths in the town by improving the delivery of maternal health care services to pregnant and lactating mothers.

The project, which is realized through the efforts of Zarraga Mayor John Tarrosa, is built with the support of the provincial government and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

The improved condition of the birthing clinic will also help the town secure accreditation from the Department of Health and PhilHealth.

The inauguration will be led by Governor Arthur Defensor and his wife. After that, the couple will proceed to Concepcion to lead the distribution of 120 fishing boats to typhoon victims in Northern Iloilo.

Defensor said the fishing boats are among those donations coming from One Meal, One Opportunity Program of Teresita “Nene” Chan under the province’s “Adopt a Fisherman Program”.

Chan previously pledged to donate 1,000 fishing boats to marginalized fishermen here whose boats were totally ruined by Super Typhoon Yolanda last year.

On Sunday, around 76 fishing boats will also be distributed to affected fishermen in Estancia. These fishing boats are complete with engines and these are donated by a separate donor.

With the continued outpour of support from the private sector, the governor is confident that the province can secure 9,000 fishing boats by the middle of this year.

The estimate includes the P6.7-million cash donations deposited in the province’s trust fund.

“The money in our trust fund will be used to procure materials for the building of boats and our only worry for now is the availability of these materials,” Defensor said. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)

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