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Barili Infirmary now open
By: Vanessa Almeda | Published Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Barili town now has its own infirmary, a dream come true for the former Mayor Marlon Garcia and the Barilihanons. (Lito Tecson)

The legacy of the late Barili Mayor Marlon F. Garcia lives on, as his dream of putting up the town’s infirmary has finally been realized.

On Monday, January 18, the 10-bed facility was formally opened to Barilihanons needing medical attention. It is located at the former motorpool area in the municipal compound and is already equipped with an ultrasound and x-ray machine.

The facility has three available doctors and three full-time nurses. It will also be accredited soon with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

The health facility is seen to be a model clinic in the third district of Cebu, next to the Allan Adlawan Infirmary Clinic in Asturias which is considered a model clinic by the Department of Health (DOH). 

Mayor Marlon’s dream for his constituents came true barely three years since then 3rd District Representative and now incumbent Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia told him in 2016 that the DOH has available funding for the establishment of an infirmary. 

“Lab-as pa kaayo sa akong panumduman. Usa ka adlaw didto sa Kongreso, didto ko sud sa akong opisina, sa dihang gipasabot ko sa taga DOH nga dunay available funding alang sa usa ka infirmary. Gitawag nako si Mayor Marlon ug sa dihang ako siyang gisultian labihan gyud niyang lipaya,” the governor recalled.

Barili, a third-class municipality 60 kilometers away from the city, is known for its livestock produce and the Mantayupan Falls. It has one of the thriving economies in the province.  

Mayor Marlon was then on his first term as mayor of the town in 2016. On March 2017, he, with the concurrence of the municipal council, requested the DOH to modify an approved budget for the creation of a regional health unit (RHU), to an infirmary instead.

Gov. Garcia said the realization of his brother’s dream took time since the project is dependent on the national government budget. However, this did not stop her from working for it to come true. 

She recalled that during her last year as congresswoman there was an approved appropriation for the equipment and medical supplies for the infirmary that was attached to the DOH budget.

“Matag tuig naningkamot ko nga magahinan gyud og pondo kaning maong infirmary. Mao kadto nga lagi dependent man ta sa DOH, hinay-hinay ni nga nahimo,” Garcia said. 

But she assured that she will do everything to talk with DOH-7 Director Jaime Bernadas to get an update on the allotted budget.

“Mao na ayaw mo kabalaka, ako lang gihapon to sukton ang DOH kun hain na ang equipment intended for the Barili Infirmary,” the governor said in jest, adding that she will ask the help of Deputy Speaker Pablo John Garcia to get an update on the budget as well. 

She also added that if the DOH fails to deliver, the Province will come in and extend help. 

The governor said she will be calling a meeting with the DOH, Barili LGU and their municipal health officer, and the Provincial Health Office to tackle other needs of the facility like medical equipment and supplies. 

Mayor Julie Flores expressed his gratitude to the new development, saying this will greatly help provide better service to their constituents.

“Salamat Cong. PJ and Gov. Gwen bisan sa short notice kay di gyud ni matukod ning infirmary kun wa pa mo. Mao na nga kamo gyud maoy instrumento, kamo gyud moy nagdasig ning lungsod sa Barili nga magbukas tag infirmary,” he said.

“Ako kining ipasalig Gov nga ako ning ampingan nga facility, ako ning tabangan nga makumpleto ni siya,” Flores said in his speech.

Earlier this year, the municipal council approved the P9.2 million supplemental budget for the salaries of the new doctors, nurses, nursing aides, administrator, and other personnel, medical apparatus and other needs, Flores said.

With the Barili Infirmary, Gov. Garcia promised to continue to work for its successful operation. 

“This is a legacy of Mayor Marlon Garcia. Ug tungod kay siya among pinalangga nga igsoon sama sa pagpangga namo niining lungsod sa Barili, akong ikasaad ang tanan gyud nga suporta alang niining maong infirmary kay aron puhon sa third district dili lang unya ang Asturias maoy mahimong poster boy for an LGU infirmary, iapil na sad ang municipality of Barili mahimong ehemplo on how a local government unit can successfully operate and maintain an infirmary,” the governor said.

Monsignor Daniel Sanico, Archdiocese of Cebu Vicar General, quipped in admiration for the 10-bed clinic: “mora naman gyud ni og hospital.” Sanico led the traditional blessing ceremony for the new facility.

Meanwhile, 3rd District Rep. PJ Garcia also released P2.5 million assistance for the infirmary’s ambulance and P500,000 for medical equipment and other facilities.

“Kining atong nasaksihan karon, ang pagkahitabo sa usa ka damgo, ang pagtubag sa Ginoo sa mga pag ampo ni Mayor Marlon Garcia nga aduna untay infirmary sa Barili LGU,” Cong. PJ said.

“Malipayon kaayo mi ni Gov Gwen nga ang damgo sa among igsoon mahimo na gyud hingpit kay mobukas na gyud sa iyang pultahan alang sa mga pasyente dinhi sa lungsod sa Barili,” he added.

The Deputy Speaker also thanked the local officials headed by Flores for continuing his brother’s dream. 

Flores announced that he will work with the congressman for the renaming of the infirmary soon to honor the late Mayor Marlon F. Garcia. (Vanessa L. Almeda)