Siargao Island, located in the province of Surigao del Norte in the Philippines, has long been a popular tourist destination due to its stunning beaches, clear waters, and world-class surfing spots. However, despite its growing popularity, the island has lacked adequate medical facilities, which has posed a significant challenge for both tourists and locals alike. But that is all about to change as the island finally welcomes its very own world-class hospital facility. This development marks a significant milestone for Siargao Island as it seeks to further establish itself as a top-tier tourist destination while also providing better healthcare services for its residents. In this article, we’ll explore the impact of this new facility and what it means for the island’s future.
As Speaker of the House Martin Romualdez and Presidential Son Vinnie Marcos helped with the ceremonial breaking of the ground, a look of fulfillment was noticed on the face of hometown hero Congressman Bingo Matugas.
The Matugas family — led by former Governor Lalo Matugas and son Bingo — had been lobbying for a fully equipped, completely staffed Level 2 hospital in Siargao for years. Today, their wish was granted. After a 380-million peso injection from the national government, the rise of the long-awaited Siargao Island Medical Center (SIMC) had finally commenced.
Visibly excited and grateful for the new Siargao hospital facility were the hundreds of officials, residents and tourists that gathered to watch the event. Within less than a decade, the island built its reputation from global unknown into what Time Magazine refers to as “one of the greatest places in the world”. But one of the common criticisms of Siargao has always been the absence of a modernized hospital, in that when anyone was badly ill or injured, he or she would have to be transported elsewhere to get the proper treatment.
Lovers of the now world-famous island need not worry about that anymore as the Siargao Island Medical Center SIMC is set to house a minimum of 100 beds with dozens of doctors, consultating specialists and staff, along with all the required modern-day medical equipment — a first for Siargao.
“This is milestone and a legacy project for all Surigaonons,” said Congressman Matugas. “This is an ultimate expression of love for the well-being of the Siargaonons and those who love Siargao!”
The opening of a world-class hospital facility on Siargao Island is a major achievement for the island’s residents and visitors alike. It brings much-needed relief to the healthcare challenges faced by the community and adds a new dimension to the island’s tourism industry. With this development, Siargao Island is poised to attract even more visitors, who can now enjoy the island’s beauty with the peace of mind that comes with having access to top-quality medical care. As the island continues to grow and develop, the addition of this world-class facility, Siargao Island Medical Center SIMC, is a significant step towards creating a sustainable future for Siargao and its people.