The Manila City government is eyeing to build new halfway houses which will cater cancer patients undergoing treatment in the nation’s capital.

Manila City Health Officer Dr. Arnold Pangan on Monday, February 17, said the construction of halfway houses is part of an integrated plan to strengthen the city’s public health facilities.

Halfway houses, Pangan said, will serve as temporary shelters for cancer patients at the Philippine General Hospital as well as the city’s specialized health centers to ease their recovery and lessen transportation expenses.

Likewise, the city government also aims to build new facilities for diabetes patients and women’s wellness centers.

“Our plans include building Speciality Centers for diabetes, halfway homes for Cancer patients, and Women Wellness Centers,” Dr. Pangan said during a consultation meeting with Manila distrit hospital chiefs and health center directors.

“We are also planning to create Super Health Centers with Vertical Housing for our employees,” Dr. Pangan added.

In addition, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) President Noel Leyco assured that the initiative would also be reflected in schools, promoting the significance of public heath care.

“The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila has opened its School of Public Health. We need to go out to the communities, together we can establish an effective health system for the city,” Leyco said.

Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso emphasized that the city government requires mutual cooperation and thorough assessments to provide the best health care services to the people.

“Kaya ako nag a-assess. I govern with data. I want to utilize whatever is here to spend it efficiently and so that the city government will be guided accordingly.”

Domagoso stressed the intent to reestablish the people’s confidence in public health systems through joint effort and correspondence.

“I encourage each and everyone of you, it’s high time to collaborate. I want to declog our hospitals. I want the people of Manila to trust our health centers. ‘Yun ang pangarap natin, ibalik ang dignidad ng mga health centers,” the Mayor said.