The San Jose Diagnostic Center marked its 2nd anniversary last February 14, 2016 with a total of more than 4,000 beneficiaries already served, Mayor Antonio B. Chavez said.

Mayor Chavez stressed that the diagnostic center was formally opened and served the people of San Jose on February 14, 2014 with the ECG and Ultrasound as the first two free services offered to the public. More specifically, ECG started its services in February 2014 and ECG sometime in March 2014. The following year, X-Ray started operating after installation of the transformer required for its dedicated services sometime in April 2015 followed by Blood Chemistry Examination in June of the same year, Mayor Chavez further said.

The summary of report of the free services of the San Jose Diagnostic Center is shown below:

List of Free Services201420152016TotalPercent
TOTAL1,5002,2762444,020100.00
Ultrasound2023014154413.53
Blood Chemistry Exam-241352766.87
X-Ray-4765252813.13
ECG3454673284421.00
Dental953791841,82845.47

Accordingly, the free services offered at the diagnostic center were part of the Ayuda Program of Mayor Chavez which provides free healthcare services among legitimate residents of San Jose. The other services include free 24/7 Ambulance, free medicines and hospital bill assistance, free lying-in centers in the Poblacion and barangay Salogon with free OB kit and other health services like free bone casting, and anti-rabies vaccines.

Meanwhile, in an interview conducted at the office of the Municipal Engineering Office based in Brgy. Boclod, San Jose, Camarines Sur, Engr. Raymundo Cam said that the construction of the Infirmary Hospital of San Jose is on-going. In fact, the first phase worth about ₱4.0 million is about 15-30% finished and the other phases will start any time soon. In a separate interview, Engr. Gabriel Obias said that the overall budget allocated for the construction of the infirmary hospital is worth ₱15.0 Million and part of which is the ₱6.0 Million coming from the Department of Health while the rest were allocated from the local development fund of San Jose.

Engr. Obias further said that if the infrastructure project will be posted and bid earlier, the estimated period that the construction will take place is about 270 calendar days or it will end up to the month of September or October this year.

On the other hand, Mayor Chavez said that the infirmary hospital will be installed with state-of-the-art medical and dental equipment and it will soon offer for free first class accommodation and services for all legitimate residents of San Jose comparable with other highly classed private hospitals in the province or even in the region. It will provide both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned rooms. When asked if it would also admit non-residents of San Jose, Mayor Chavez said that of course it would particularly when life is at stake but as much as possible, it would prefer that legitimate residents of San Jose will be on top of all its priorities most particularly the children and Senior Citizens of the town.

When asked why he is envisioning these types of services, Mayor Chavez simply answered that he would like to bridge the gap of unequal access of opportunity on healthcare services that poor people suffered the most. He would like to see among others that our poor brethren can, at least in their lifetime, obtain that opportunity of experiencing the best healthcare services they deserve most particularly coming from their local government. “We need to rebuild the trust and confidence of our people and to keep them believing that their local government is still their last bastion of hope, love and care,” he stressed.

It can be noted that San Jose is a 4th class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur with 29 barangays and a total population of 41,969 in 2015. Most of the people are engaged in fishing, farming and livestock raising either backyard or in commercial scale. Some are also in public or private employment while others are self-employed and usually engaged in business enterprise or trading activities.

The municipality is generally characterized by flat terrain described to be level to nearly level covering the entire land area of the town except barangay Adiangao which is located along the mountain range of Caramoan Peninsula. The elevation of our town (mainland) is low to very low from 0-100 meters above sea level. This is why there are some flood-prone areas where large number of our population are residing particularly along the 6 coastal barangays which are categorized as high-risk areas during natural calamities.