Bacolod Real Estate Development Corp. chairman of the Board Simplicio Palanca left his hospital bed at the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center to join Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Bredco and BAMC officials at the groundbreaking for the P70 million Simplicio A. Palanca Medical Arts Building at the hospital grounds in Brgy. Taculing, Bacolod City yesterday.
Dr. Hector Gayares Jr., BAMC president, yesterday said the 6-storey building that will include a basement will house 56 clinics, a pharmacy and their physical therapy outpatient services.
Gayares said this project will be a legacy of Palanca, being a generous person. He signed the consent letter supporting the project on his 95 th birthday on March 12.
Palanca’ s nephew, Bredco president John Alonte, said they want to hold the ribbon-cutting for the building on his uncle’s 96 th birthday on March 12 next year, which is the completion target, he said.
Gayares said it has been their prayer to put up another building because there are between 30 to 40 doctors on their waitlist for a clinic, that they could not provide since their east wing is already occupied.
It has been in their masterplan to construct another building but they did not have the funds because, until now, they are still paying for the loan for the construction of their west wing building, he said.
But they did not stop praying and to look for ways to expedite the construction of the project which they are planning to pursue after 2020 when they have fully paid their loan for the west wing building, Gayares said.
Since BAMC is an institution of God, they believe He has His own plans. So their plan to put up another building in 2020 materialized this year, he said.
Gayares said that, instead of securing a loan for the medical arts building, God expedited its construction, which they believe is a fulfillment of His plan for the institution.
This will be a legacy of Palanca because a long time ago, it was his wish to put up a hospital. But it is not a joke to run one especially because Palanca wants it to be a charity hospital, he said.
So eventually, he made a proposal to Bredco that they should start with this kind of project, which will be ran by BAMC. He believes Palanca will be happy when he sees it.
Alonte said he sees the hand of God in all these things and it was during the birthday of his uncle that he met Gayares who proposed the idea of Palanca sponsoring the building of the medical arts center.
Palanca has always wanted to contribute to the community he believes in, and building a hospital or a facility that contributes to the services of a hospital has been his dream, he said.
Alonte recalled that for the past 15 years, Palanca has been toying with the idea of building one at the Reclamation Area, in some part of Victorias or Bacolod, but somehow it never took off the ground.
Palanca was hospitalized in October last year and was committed at BAMC where he was given distinguished medical services from the hospital staff and doctors. With that, he realized and appreciated the value of what he got from the hospital, he said.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said given that the economic activities in Bacolod City are overwhelming with the presence of big players, it is getting more modern and sophisticated, so that the need for modern medical care is also going to come into the picture.
“We are all celebrating because we have a donor who has that vision and generosity to see to it that we get to where we are today. So as we praise Atty. Palanca to high heavens, I would like to say that he was just so right that he knows where to invest his money,” he said.
Leonardia said nobody could be more deserving of the generosity of Palanca than the people of BAMC. “We look forward to you serving the community and contributing to the growth and prosperity, and the wellness of Bacolod City,” he said.
Also present were Bredco director Willy Au, Dave Palanca, BAMC Board chairman Pastor Agapito Catane Jr., Pastor Hector Gayares Sr., attending physicians of Palanca, officers and staff of BAMC.*CGS
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