The three-story outpatient building of the new Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center(EVRMC) at Barangay Cabalawan, Tacloban City was formally turned over by Japan International Cooperative Agency to the Department of Health which runs the region’s biggest public hospital.JICA funded the facility at P411 million. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)


Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial joined Susumo Ito and Minister Atsushi Kuwabara, chief of the Japan International Cooperation Agency and representative of the Japanese Embassy, respectively, poses for posterity during the September 21 formal turnover and inauguration of the outpatient department building of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Barangay Cabalawan, Tacloban City. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)

TACLOBAN CITY- The outpatient department building at the new Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) was formally turned over to its management by donor Japanese International Cooperative Agency (JICA) on Thursday (September 21).
Present during the turnover were JICA officials and health officials led by Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial who said that the three-story building is an additional health facility that could tremendously benefit the people of the region who are in need of health services.
The outpatient building, built at a cost of P411 million, is part of the assistance of the Japanese government after the region was battered by super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ on November 8, 2013.
The facility offers services such as anesthesiology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, pathology, psychiatry, radiology, rehabilitation medicine, hemodialysis, and endoscopy, among others.
The building was designed for more comfortable waiting spaces for patients, improved privacy through individualized clinics.
It is also as a green environment building because it has more open spaces with only selected areas using air-conditioning units.
The outpatient building is located adjacent to the main EVRMC building located to its new location in Barangay Cabalawan.
Sec. Ubial recognizes her predecessors Enrique Ona and Janette Garin why the building was realized.
Ubial also said that aside from the current structures that are on-going construction, the DOH will fund construction of additional structures in the complex like a cancer center, and blood center.
The regional offices of the DOH and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth) will also be built inside the more than 15 –hectare complex.
Currently operational within the new EVRMC complex are the Mother and Child Hospital, a donation from Bloomberry Foundation worth almost P400 million, the 6-story EVRMC main hospital and administration building that is worth more than P1 billion funded by the national government.