HOUSE of Hope, a privately-run shelter for people with mental disabilities in Cagayan de Oro City, is expected to expand soon.
This, after the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro, which owns the property where the current facility sits in barangay Lumbia, donated the land to the city government of Cagayan de Oro.
“Gituyo ni para makakuha ta og funding sa DOH,” remarked Mayor Oscar Moreno during the agreement signing between the city government and the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro last Monday afternoon at the city mayor’s office.
On the same occasion, the heirs of the Escaño family also donated an additional 4,733 square meters of land to be used for the expansion of House of Hope.
Moreno said that under their agreement, the Department of Health (DOH) will shoulder the construction of the expansion but upon opening, City Hall will help finance the day-to-day operations of the facility.
Also, the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) was a signatory of the agreement with hospital director Dr. Jose Chan himself present during the signing. The NMMC shall provide support services pertaining to health such as management of acute mental health crisis and other referred medical cases of different levels of care.
The NMMC will be backed by the city-operated JR Borja General Hospital.