By Maya M. Padillo, Correspondent

DAVAO CITY — The 250-bed Lanang Premiere Doctors Hospital, located within Megaworld Corp.’s Davao Park District, has opened, adding to the medical facilities available in the city as it transitions to the new normal prompted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Kevin Andrew L. Tan, Megaworld chief strategy officer, said the opening of the hospital within their first township project in Mindanao comes at a time when health services are particularly crucial and new standards in delivering medical care are necessary.   

“This also complements our vision for the township as a thriving community where our residents, office workers, and even visitors have convenient access to a world-class medical facility,” Mr. Tan said via Messenger.

The Lanang Premiere Doctors Hospital, initially planned for full operations in July 2020, was inaugurated on Feb. 27 after hurdling delays due to the pandemic-related restrictions.

It has a 14-storey hospital facility and an adjacent five-floor building for doctor’s clinics.

The hospital has also been designed for medical tourism.

Apart from the hospital, the 11.2-hectare Davao Park District currently houses the Davao Finance Center, an office building targeted for information technology, business process outsourcing, offshore gaming, and other corporate clients.

More than half of the complex will be occupied by four condominium buildings being developed by Megaworld subsidiary Suntrust Properties, Inc.

The 7.2-hectare residential component has also been delayed. Units in the first two towers were supposed to have been turned over to owners in 2020.

Leonora P. Gutierrez, Suntrust senior assistant vice-president for regional operations, said the new target date for delivery to buyers is in 2022.

“Since completion is expected towards the end of the year, turnover will follow in 2022,” Ms. Gutierrez said in an online interview.

The four towers will have a combined 1,260 residential units and commercial spaces on the ground floor.