May 29, 2010

SPC Medical Center, Nasunog

Nasunog ang lumang gusali ng San Pablo Colleges Medical Center noong Biyernes ng madaling araw, Mayo 28, at iniulat na wala namang nasaktan o nagtamo ng kapinsalaan sa mga pasyenteng naka-confine sa nabanggit na pagamutan nang maganap ang sunog. Ang mga pasyenteng ang akomodasyon ay naapektuhan ng sunog ay nailipat kaagad sa San Pablo City General Hospital.

     May mga ulat na tinanggihan di-umano ng mga malalapit na pribadong ospital ang sana ay ililipat ditong mga pasyente mula sa nasusunog na pagamutan, kaya ang 22 pasyente ay sa bagong tayong ospital ng lunsod itinuloy na inilipat at pinangangalagaan, na ang pagtigil ay tatangkilikin ng tanggapan nina Congresswoman Ivy Arago at Alkalde Vicente Amante.

     Sa ulat ng Bureau of Fire Protection, napag-alamang ang sunog umano ay nagsimula sa tinatayang ika-3:35 ng umaga sa isang bahagi ng matandang gusali na kasalukuyang isinasaayos, na kaagad ay kumalat sa Nursing Department Building, at nadamay ang mga operating room, delivery room, radiologic room, medical and surgical wards, cashier’s and records’ offices, doctors’ office, at ang mga emergency room facilities and equipments. Ipinahayag na under control ang sunog pagkalipas ng isang oras.

     Ang San Pablo Colleges Medical Center ay isa sa kinikilalang pangunahing general hospital sa Katimugang Luzon.  Ito ay isang 118-bed capacity private hospital na may akreditasyon ng Department of Health at ng Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, at kasapi ng Philippine Hospital Association, at ng Private Hospital Association of the Philippines. Ang San Pablo Colleges Medical Center, na kasalukuyang pinangangasiwaan ni Dr. Gabriel Macasaet Eala bilang Chief Executive Officer,  ay nakatakdang ipagdiwang ang kanilang ika-35 Anibersaryo ng Pagkakatatag sa darating na Hunyo 16 – 18, 2010 ay taas-noong ipinababatid sa lahat na sila ang kaunaunahang ISO 9001:2008 Certified Hospital sa Katimugang Lunsod, isang pagkilalang nangangahulugang ang pagamutan ay nakatutugon sa internasyonal na pamantayan sa tamang paglilingkod. (Ruben E. Taningco)

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San Pablo Medical Center gutted by fire

SAN PABLO CITY, Philippines -- Fire damaged the San Pablo City Medical Center early Friday but no one was reported injured as hospital personnel promptly evacuated patients and staff, fire department officials said.

Fire Officer Jojo Panergayo told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that the fire struck at 3:35 a.m. Friday and was put under control at about 4:30 a.m., but not before it gutted nearly 50 percent of the hospital.

Another fire official, Mario Gesmundo, reported hospital security personnel as saying that the fire started in an old section of the building that was under renovation.
It spread quickly to the Nursing Department School Building, the operating room, delivery room, x-ray room, wards, private rooms, the emergency rooms, the records section, cashier’s office, doctors’ offices and other offices.

Gesmundo, officer-in-charge of the fire deparetment in Nagcarlan town who assisted in putting out the blaze, said more than half of the hospital was gutted and it would take some time to reopen.

Panergayo said no patients were hurt as they were promptly evacuated and transferred to various hospitals nearby.
The authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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May 28, 2010

SPC Medical Center Fire

The middle portion of the San Pablo City Medical Center at 6AM. According to authorities, the fire is said to have started on this part of the hospital. Also seen are firetrucks from San Pablo City and Tanauan, Batangas as well as the medical equipments salvaged during the fire. No one was hurt in the incident.

May 25, 2010

SLEx operator seeks 300% toll hike

MANILA, Philippines—The operator of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) has asked the government to allow it to raise toll rates by over 300 percent by next month to help the company recover the P12 billion it claims it spent to improve the highway.

Manila Toll Expressway Systems Inc. (Mates), operator of the 30-kilometer toll road from Alabang, Muntinlupa City to Calamba, Laguna, has asked the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) for a rate increase of P2.73 per kilometer for private passenger vehicles. This represents a 333-percent increase over the current 82 centavos per kilometer that motorists using the highway have to pay.

Mates said the toll increase was intended to take effect on June 16. But the company said Monday it had received no approval from the TRB to implement the toll hike.
“We received a letter from the TRB saying that the board had taken ‘favorable action’ on our application,” Mates spokesperson Alma Tuazon said in an interview. “But nothing’s official yet...We are still waiting for their final approval because without that, we can’t do anything.”
The law dictates that toll operators must announce any increase in rates three weeks before adjustments are to take effect. This makes the June 16 date impossible to meet, according to Mates.

In 2006, the Malaysian group won the contract to operate and modernize the SLEx until 2036. The stretch is the main gateway from Metro Manila to areas in the south where most of the country’s electronics and automotive export products are manufactured.
The group took over the stretch late last month after completing most of the public works the road needed. At present, revenue from highway operations amount to as much as P3 million a day.

Over the weekend, operators of the major toll roads expressed optimism the incoming administration would scrap a plan to impose a tax on highway fees paid by motorists.
Members of the Toll Way Association of the Philippines hope to take advantage of leading presidential candidate Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” C. Aquino III’s hard-line stance against the imposition of new taxes during his term.

The group has argued that the extra 12 percent in value-added tax (VAT) that motorists will have to pay will be a big burden on the motoring public. The higher fees may also cause a drop in the number of cars passing through toll roads.

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May 24, 2010

73-year-old village chief slain in Laguna ambush

By Maricar Cinco
Inquirer Southern Luzon
First Posted 16:45:00 05/24/2010
Filed Under: Crime, shooting, Police

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna, Philippines—A 73-year-old barangay (village) captain was shot dead Monday morning by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle in San Pablo City, Laguna, the police said.
Superintendent Ferdinand de Castro, San Pablo police chief, in a phone interview said Cesar Reyes, village chief of Barangay Sta. Isabel, was onboard his car going to city hall at around 10 a.m. when the assailants tailed him then shot him at close range along Azucena St. in Barangay IV-B.
Reyes, who suffered five bullet wounds in the head and body, was rushed by bystanders to the San Pablo City District Hospital where he died minutes later.
De Castro said they recovered bullets for a .45 cal. pistol at the crime scene.
Police said pursuit operations were ongoing but refused to discuss possible motive in the killing.

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