John Osmeña’s latest: Medical resort


DUMAGUETE CITY—The country’s first medical resort, owned by a former senator, is expected to rise in Barangay Bantayan in this city.

The South Sea Resort will be developed into a medical resort called South Sea Medical City (SSMC) which will house a 100-bed tertiary hospital, two condominium buildings, a 200-room resort-hotel, a fitness center, souvenir shops, swimming pools and a helipad.

The hospital will have facilities for the treatment of cancer and blood diseases.

Dr. Jonathan C. Amante, SSMC board director, said the hospital would be run by physicians, pointing out that hospitals run by physicians are better managed and more progressive.

These include St. Luke’s Medical Center, Medical City and Chong Hua Hospital in Cebu. “These are just good examples of how it should be run,” said Amante.

He said the province’s three tertiary hospitals, all located in Dumaguete, were not enough to address the needs of Negros Oriental’s 1 million population.

“The hallways are crowded, and if you notice, patients just stay wherever there is available space,”  Amante said. “It compromises the quality of care.”

Government officials and physicians in Negros Oriental gathered at the site on Dec. 19 to bury the time capsule for the project. Construction is set to start in the first quarter next year.

The majority stockholder of the project, which cost P1 billion, is former Sen.  John Osmeña, said engineer Arnold Antonio, project manager.

Osmeña, who bought South Sea Resort from the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp., planned to sell 220 shares to physicians to make them part owners of the hospital. Each stockholder will have one share, said Antonio.

“I believe that Dumaguete has so much to show and has great potential in laying down the cornerstone for medical tourism,” said Dr. Grace Valdez, licensing and medical consultant of the project.

Although foreigners are the target market of the project, Filipinos will always be given priority both as hospital patients and as customers in the resort, said Valdez.

“Previously, patients had to be sent to Cebu, but there will be radiation treatment made available here (Dumaguete) through the hospital,” said Dr. Bong Rosario, a friend of Osmeña who is helping him in the project.

Valdez added that nurses who could speak more than one language have the advantage in job openings in the hospital.

“Now is a good time to learn languages,” she said.

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  • joshua kings

    wow! ang daming pera ni senador!
    naipon kaya ito sa mga balato ni erap?
    nagtatanong lang naman…

  • joshua kings

    nalungkot ako ng mabasa na para sa mga banyaga ang medical resort….
    pero yung artikulo, sinabi na masyadong masikip na sa mga ospital ngayon dun at kesyo et al…
    tapos, heto sinasabi din na maghanda na yung mga narses at matuto ng banyagang salita…..

    • ed_nique

      Although foreigners are the target market of the project, Filipinos will always be given priority both as hospital patients and as customers in the resort, said Valdez.

      the government is trying to promote medical tourism in the philippines, this is evidently a business venture and we cannot expect it to impact the lowly pinoys who can barely afford to buy medicines much more to pay for their hypo-allergenic pillows when they check-in.

      • joshua kings

        okey pero wag na sanang gamitin pa ang mga mahihirap; w=pwede namang sabihin na ito ay tourism project din para maengganyo ang mga dayuhan na mapera. tapos. miintindihan natin yan.  konting intellectual honesty lang naman ang hinihiling natin.
        sabi ko nga, ang nakakalungkot ay yung mga pinoy mismong sa sariling bansa ay di maabot ang ganitong serbisyo.  like rubbing salt on the injury.

  • Jose

    if john osmena did this during his heydays as a politician, i would continue voting for him. as a politician, he’s only in politics and i did not see any deeds done which we could say a momoriam or a legacy w/ big impact to the social and economic good of filipinos. better late than never john! but much better you have done this before.

    • Noel

      I wonder if there are hospital rooms for gays in that medical resort.  John Osmena knows why I’m asking.

      • walangbolahan

        ah, you are insinuating that john osmena is gay, right? it may be true or not, but what’s your point?

      • ed_nique

        just to malign someone who never did anything to him!

      • Noel

        I was not insinuating.  He’s indeed gay.  During his younger days, he even participated at the gay parade in San Francisco.

      • joshua kings

        mukhang may alam ka, noel..bakit di mo pa isiwalat ang lahat dito para di makuwestyon ni walangbolahan at ed_nique ang motibo mo.  be more specific and factual if possible. ganun lang kasimple, igan.

      • walangbolahan

        ah, so you just wanted to say he is gay. still, what’s that got to do with the hospital project?

      • joshua kings

        bakit? ‘in a relationship’ ba kayo dati? hehehe…joklang; wag pikon; ang pikon,

  • $23257130

    wow ha 1 bilyones. im sure may mga masahista dyan na nilalandi nya. bwahahahahaha

  • Komen To

    Isn’t the BIR going to examine how he got that much money to fund this project?

    • joshua kings

      tingin ko di uubra eh;kasi may statutes of limtation ang pinas.  dapat noon pa; at ang amlc dapat nasilip at sinita yan, kung meron man.

    • walangbolahan

      since it’s a corporation, it doesn’t mean he owns the entire project. there will be other stockholders who would bring in their own money. the article said he is selling shares to doctors so they may become part owners. also, funding the project can come from loans which is a common practice for some businesses such as construction.

  • fredo_arnibal

    shabu king

  • fredo_arnibal

    john osmena (shabu king)

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