SAN LUIS, Pampanga – Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda is contemplating on renaming the San Luis District Hospital after Luis Taruc, the legendary Kapampangan hero and leader of the Hukbong Bayan Laban sa mga Hapon (HUKBALAHAP).
“I am asking for a resolution to the Sangguniang Bayan (municipal board) in concurrence with the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (provincial board) to rename San Luis District Hospital after Tatang Luis Taruc for I idolize him,” the governor announced during the Alaga Ka Caravan with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) beneficiaries here.
Pineda said the P80 million is intended for the rebuilding of the hospital in its new location near the boundary between San Luis and Mexico.
“I have allocated the budget in order for you to have a new, clean and big hospital in a 10-hectare lot near San Luis-Mexico boundary,” governor told the beneficiaries of Alaga Ka.
She also bared her reason for transferring the hospital into its future location.
“I wanted to expand your district hospital but there was no more lot available. We wanted to buy the nearby lot but the owners declined our plea. So we sought for available lot and found one near San Luis and Mexico,” she said.
She also added that she will hire additional doctors and medical staff to accommodate more patients here and in nearby towns.
Pineda then said that the old San Luis District Hospital will be converted into a birthing station to utilize the facility after the transfer.
Mayor Venancio “Asyong” Macapagal meanwhile thanked the governor and the provincial government for the plan to upgrade their district hospital.
Luis Taruc was born in Santa Monica village here and a revolutionary icon who led the guerilla operations against Japanese occupiers during 1942 until 1950. He died on May 4, 2005 due to heart attack at the age of 91.