Manila Mayor Isko Moreno bared plans to provide free temporary residences for the employees of the city hospitals and the Manila Health Department (MHD).
‘The city government will start in a few weeks the vertical housing program. We want to uplift the standards of our employees,” said Moreno in his speech, during the first Consultative Meeting with the Medical Health Sector which was also attended by Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna and MHD chief Dr. Arnold ‘Poks’ Pangan.
‘We opted to choose at least some areas just to begin with so that our health workers in the health sector, from administrative workers to doctors, could have a place that they could call their own,’ Moreno said.
The mayor said the plan is aimed at uplifting the standards of the MHD employees so that they could perform much better.
‘What we want to do is to be more efficient in the delivery of service. The three minimum basic needs are healthcare, education and housing,” Moreno said.
‘We will build housing for the health center employees. This is a two-bedroom design as long as you remain in the service but the day the employee retires, he has to vacate the housing and pass this on to others still in the service,’ Moreno explained.
The mayor also said that some of the planned ‘Super Health Centers,’ will house the residences of the healthcare employees while others won’t have such vertical housing.
Moreno said he would want to declog the hospitals, so the plan is to make the Super Health Centers pass the Philhealth requirement, complete with advanced equipment and laboratories for diagnostics.
‘We chose four which are big health centers—Pedro Gil, Fabella, Aurora Health Center in District I, and the Public Health Laboratory. Our plan is to place the health center on the ground floor, and probably on the second and third floors the parking, and lastly on the fourth will be the vertical housing for our city hall employees,” he said.