For years the people of Lanao del Norte have been waiting for its doors to open and finally on September 14, 2017, the new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital has been formally declared by Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, 1st District Representative, Conrgessman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta Dimaporo open to the people of Lanao del Norte.
This is the vision and dream of Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo when he was then the Provincial Governor of the province. The dream has now come into reality as the people of Lanao del Norte can now avail the medical services that the new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital offers to the general public.
Governor Angging reminds the staff of the new hospital saying, “You all know that we wanted to give the best quality of service to our constituents…I am appealing to the personnel here and to the doctors to be nice to your patients. Though there are patients that irritates you but please remember your oath, you are here to serve and you pledged to devote yourself to serve those who are in need of your help.”
As government workers, Governor Angging calls all employees of the provincial government to work sincerely in their field and always keep in their hearts that serving the people is the reason why we choose this profession. Treat everyone equal regardless of creed or status. One mistake committed by a staff in the ways he or she handles a patient or a client will automatically reflect on the leadership of Governor Angging. The Governor has emphasized to all provincial government employees that sincerity, willingness and devotion to the profession is infused in the hearts and minds of all public servants.
In addition Governor Angging said, “I will not be tired of serving the people, where we are right now; we owe it to the people. Let us work together. Let’s show it to the people that we don’t choose anyone. I don’t want to hear any complaints from the people; the people that we are suppose to be serving.”
Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo stressed that “This new provincial hospital is one of the programs that we are targeting. My vision for Lanao del Norte, healthcare program, this is not for my legacy, the legacy is the entire system. All four corners of the entire Province of Lanao del Norte properly covered with healthcare services…my vision for Lanao del Norte is for us to be independent as much as possible. The residents will not go further outside the province when they need medical services.”
The new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital is a secondary class hospital that will answer to the medical needs of the people of Lanao del Norte, but the young and energetic Congressman will not end his dream of having only one secondary hospital in the entire province. He wants to provide and build more secondary hospitals in the municipalities of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Balo-i, and Kauswagan. Congressman Khalid proposed to the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and to Governor Angging to help him establish a tertiary hospital in the Province of Lanao del Norte.
All that Congressman Khalid is doing is for the good of the people of Lanao del Norte, providing effective and efficient healthcare services to all residents of the province. If one provincial hospital did not qualify the requirements set by DOH and Philhealth, the Congressman asked the agencies to help these hospitals comply with the requirements. The Congressman is willing to provide with the support of DOH and Philhealth.
“The welfare and the wellbeing of our healthcare system here in Lanao del Norte is always in my mind…A hospital is just a building without the healthcare personnel and Governor Angging pointed out some critical issues here and that’s quality of service,” said Congressman Khalid.
Before ending his speech, Congressman Khalid encouraged all employees of the provincial hospitals to exert more effort in providing quality service to the constituents of Lanao del Norte. “This is a very critical facility; our constituents will either live or die because of the provincial hospitals.”
The architectural design of the new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital exhibits the Filipino-Malay culture. “The design is representing our culture (Filipino-Malay), Malay are Muslims, so Filipino-Malay culture,” explains Congressman Bobby. The good Congressman was searching for a symbol that would represent the people of Lanao del Norte, united as one people of this peaceful province. The unity and harmony of the Muslim and Christian residents propels the economic growth and development of Lanao del Norte. “Without unity, there will be no peace; and if there is no peace, there will be no development then the people of Lanao del Norte will be the one to suffer,” added the Congressman. This is why the three leaders of the Province of Lanao del Norte; Provincial Governor Imelda “Angging” Quibranza-Dimaporo, 1st District Representative, Congressman Mohamad Khalid Quibranza-Dimaporo and 2nd District Representative, Congressman Abdullah “Bobby” Dimakuta-Dimaporo with the support of the Sangguninag Panlalawigan and the Municipal Mayors who worked hard for years in sustaining the peace and order of which the utmost concern is the welfare of the constituents. Various development and livelihood programs have been implemented in the province that is within the Inclusive Growth Plan crafted by the brilliant minds of the Quibranza-Dimaporo.
The marriage of Governor Angging and Congressman Bobby signifies unity among the Muslim and Christian inhabitants of the Province of Lanao del Norte. The intention of the marriage was not for political reason but for giving way to peace by understanding each other’s culture and religion. Congressman Bobby and Governor Angging have agreed not to run in any government position then, for the Congressman was groomed by his father, late Governor Mohamad Ali Dimaporo to run their family business, however, the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos insisted that he prefers Congressman Bobby to hold a position in the Interim Batasang Pambansa.
“The purpose of President Marcos for me to become a politician is to unite the Muslims and Christians of Lanao del Norte, and until now, we continue to work hard in sustaining the unity for the betterment of the people of the province. And, we are ready to hand this over to the next generations of politicians who will become leaders of this peaceful and progressive province of Lanao del Norte.” said Congressman Bobby.
The KFW German Development Bank represented by Ms. Olga Azaña expressed happiness to see the one of the results of the signed agreement between the Philippine and German Government for the successful implementation of the Health Sector Reform Program in Lanao del Norte in which the new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital was financed through the Municipal Development Fund Office and represented by the Department of Health.
According to this Ms. Azaña, “The German Government provided financing for health infrastructure to contribute to the improvement of the health situation and achieve the then Millennium Development Goal in participating local government units by reducing the infant mortality rate, maternal mortality rate and other cried mortality rate.”
KFW German Development Bank has been looking forward to this day since 2010. This new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital is a testament to all the hard work of each and every stakeholders present here. KFW deeply acknowledged the dedication and support of then Governor, now Congressman Khalid and to Governor Angging for the support extended to KFW to fully complete this endeavour. Ms. Azaña is very proud to see the completion and fully functioning new Kapatagan Provincial Hospital.
“We too at KFW share with you the joy and pride with this achievement. We are confident with the continuing commitment and support of the province, the local government, and most of all the health officials and personnel of this Kapatagan Provincial Hospital access to provision and delivery of health services would be vastly improve and sustained, and with adequate maintenance, budget support, the health needs of the people here will be serve in the coming years. So from Frankfurt, Germany to Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte, let me extend the best wishes from my principals (KFW) for all your success and good health. Para sa atong Kahimsugan,” shares Ms. Azaña. PIO-LDN