Recognizing the need to improve government hospitals especially in times of crisis, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go sponsored local hospital bills to further improve the delivery of medical and healthcare services.
In a virtual Senate health committee session on Wednesday, Go pushed for the passage of five bills to establish the Bicol Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and further capacitate Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, Western Visayas Medical Center in Iloilo, Siargao District Hospital in Surigao del Norte and Malita District Hospital in Davao Occidental.
“I have the honor to sponsor today several local hospital bills which are aimed towards the improvement of some of our government hospitals,” Go said, adding that it is crucial to take these measures during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
The chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography also said the legislative measures will boost the capacity of hospitals, especially in the provinces. The passage will complement the Balik Probinsya, Bagong Pag-asa (BP2) Program, citing that most modern hospitals are located in Metro Manila where people migrate in order to be treated.
“Improving health capacity and upgrading capability of hospitals in the provinces would help enhance the health and overall well-being in the entire Philippines,” said Go.
The establishment of the Bicol Women’s and Children’s Hospital will boost the healthcare system in Camarines Sur, which has a bed to population ratio of 1:1,260, more than the national standard of 1:1,000.
Quirino Memorial Medical Center’s capacity will be increased from 500 to 1,000 beds; Western Visayas Medical Center from 425 beds to 700 beds; Siargao District Hospital to a Level 2 general hospital to be known as the Siargao Island Medical Center; and the Malita District Hospital to be upgraded to the Malita Women’s and Children’s Wellness Center.
The Senate will tackle next week two more local bills that aim to increase the bed capacities of the Cagayan Valley Medical Center and the Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center.
“It is our duty as legislators to enact measures that would help address the lack of appropriate facilities and equipment in our government hospitals, most especially in these crucial times,” Go said.