New Davao hospital eyes soft opening this year

New Davao hospital eyes soft opening this year

DAVAO CITY — The Lanang Doctors Hospital, the medical facility component of Megaworld Corp.’s Davao Park District township, is targeted for soft opening this year with the completion of the building expected soon.

“Probably the whole building will be completed but the operation will be partial and will be on the lower ground floor. We’ve just done our topping off last week and we are looking at the possibility to do the soft opening this year,” Lemuel R. Podador, chairman and chief executive officer of Lanang Premiere Doctors Hospital, Inc. (LPDHI), said in an interview over the weekend.

Mr. Podador said they are looking at initially opening 100 beds out of the total 250-bed capacity.

He added that medical equipment have already been ordered and they are just waiting for the delivery.

Mr. Podador said the hospital’s pool of doctors will have varied specializations and they aim to provide service to “all walks of life.”

“I have instructed our medical board that we will give our patients the best rate and service,” he said.

Apart from the 14-storey main building, another five-floor building will be constructed for doctor’s clinics.

Mr. Podador said they are also positioning the hospital as a medical tourism facility.

He said the total investment is seen to reach up to P6 billion, including top-of-the-line medical equipment.

The full opening is planned for July 2020.

Meanwhile, Suntrust Properties, Inc. (SPI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Megaworld, said they are targeting to complete the structural component of the township’s condominium complex, One Lakeshore Drive, by August next year.

SPI President Harrison M. Paltongan, in an interview during the topping-off Saturday, said contractors for the finishing work on the first building are coming in soon.

Mr. Paltongan, however, said there is no definite date yet for the turnover of units.

“When we talk about turnover, it is done by floor… There are external factors other than structural such as the electrification, and all other elements,” he said.

The four towers, with 19 floors each, will have a combined 1,200 units ranging from 28 to 53 square meters each.

Three floors will be allocated for parking and commercial units, and the rest would be residential.

“They are all connected on the third level,One Lakeshore Drive is connected to each other,” he said.

The condominium buildings will occupy a 7.2-hectare (ha) area within the 11.2-ha Davao District Park, which will also have an office/business process outsourcing building and school. — Maya M. Padillo


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