• 30-year arrears haunt children’s hospital

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    DESPITE its non-payment for the last 30 years, the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) will not be evicted from its current location by the National Housing Authority (NHA).

    Chito Cruz, general manager of the NHA said the agency has no intention whatsoever to hamper or stop the operations, much less evict the medical center.

    “The NHA has been very lenient with the PCMC, despite its non-payment for the last 30 years,” Cruz added.

    He said the NHA has also been in negotiations with PCMC for the last 30 years adding that they are willing to pursue further negotiations with the hospital management.

    “We would like to clarify that PCMC expanded their area without approval or consent of the NHA which owns the property. The NHA is simply trying to recover a very small portion of its property,” Cruz said.

    He also emphasize that the said area encroached upon by PCMC is not even included in the original area allotted to them.

    Cruz said the NHA is trying to get back only 2,400 square meters out of the 3.7 hectares occupied by PCMC.

    He added that the said area is presently being used by PCMC for their parking lot, sewage treatment plant, and engineering center.

    “We are willing to help PCMC relocate these facilities and we will make sure that PCMC operations will not be affected,” Cruz said.

    He also appealed to the PCMC management to undertake the needed steps to secure funding for the acquisition of the property and cited how the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) was able to request for subsidy to pay for the land.

    “Surely 30 years is a more than reasonable enough period to secure such funding. Other government agencies occupying lands owned by the NHA have acquired their properties by either making representations with their mother agencies or with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). The NKTI is a recent example. We see no reason for the PCMC not to take these measures,” Cruz added.

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