Mawab Mayor Ruperto “Rupet” Gonzaga III will be launching on Feb. 1 a unique program where the municipal government would rent a house near and just walkable to the Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC) in Apokon, Tagum City where relatives of confined patient from Mawab would temporarily stay- free board and lodging, with kasambahays and with aircon.
“The municipal personnel doing houseworks such as cooking, cleaning of the rented house would double as follow-up personnel for the needs, medicines and referrals for the patients confined in the hospital,” informed the mayor.
It has been observed that kins and relatives and concerned persons of confined patients especially those poor and those faraway places have hard, inconvenient and difficult situation sleeping outside in congested, open staying area at the corner of the compound of the hospital which has a policy of allowing only one watcher for one patient in wards.
Mayor Gonzaga said that the program would be actively supported by his brother Congressman Ruwel Peter Gonzaga, who has medical and hospital assistance program.
The mayor said there would be rice, noodles, canned goods in the airconditioned rented house for consumption of the temporary boarders.
The unit would have six (6) double-deck beds and those taking temporary refuge on it are encouraged to also do their share in cooking, cleaning just like in the family, he said.
The program is still work-in-progress for finalization at press time, with the mayor soliciting for a fitting name of it but the good concept is already there and the timetable of launching it on the first day of the Love month of February.
It’ is a Valentine’s treat of the Gonzaga brothers for the Mawab constituents. (mindanaosunchronicle.com/Cha Monforte)