SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
The House Committee on Transportation chaired by Rep. Cesar Sarmiento (Lone District, Catanduanes) approved the proposed substitute bill on the construction of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) hospital.
Sarmiento said the bill, which substitutes House Bill 6090 authored by Rep. Federico Sandoval II (Lone District, Malabon City), aims to construct a hospital for the PCG personnel and their dependents to uplift the moral and welfare of its personnel and utilize the full potential of the very capable PCG medical corps.
Sandoval said that after being separated from the Philippine Navy, the privileges of the PCG provided by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have stopped, including medical benefits.
“At present, the PCG has its Coast Guard Medical Service, a medical dispensary responsible for providing administrative medical requirements of its personnel and operational medical services during calamities and maritime incidents,” Sandoval explained.
The proposed hospital shall be known as the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) General Hospital and shall be constructed and built in the Coast Guard Base, Taguig, Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.
One purpose of the PCG General Hospital is to provide comprehensive and total health care services to all personnel and employees of the Philippine Coast Guard, their dependents and the retired uniformed personnel.
It also seeks to complement the existing package of services under the health care program so as to include preventive, promotive, diagnostic, curative and rehabilitative programs.
The hospital targets to monitor the condition of patients and to generate relevant information and data in aid of policy information.
Another goal of the PCG General Hospital is to conduct medical examination of all the trainees of the PCG to ensure their physical and mental capability.
It shall be administered by a Board of Directors composed of the Secretary of Health as ex-officio chairperson; the Secretary of Transportation as ex-officio vice-chairperson; with the Commandant and Deputy Commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard and Command Surgeon of the Philippine Coast Guard Medical Service as members.
The measure mandates the Board of Directors of the Philippine Coast Guard General Hospital to formulate and implement measures and programs to attain the objectives of the Philippine Coast Guard General Hospital and develop a program of patient care and hospital administration.
Likewise, it shall be the responsibility of the Philippine Coast Guard General Hospital Board of Directors to organize the structure of the said hospital in accordance with the staffing pattern approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and provide training for all hospital personnel so that the highest professional level of patient care may be maintained in accordance with the requirements of the DOH, among others.
Prior to the approval of the bill, Rep. Joey Salceda raised several concerns about the proposed PCG hospital.
He said his main problem regarding the PCG hospital is that it is not provided in the bill that it will be a Department of Health (DOH)-retained hospital.
“Pag kinulang kayo ng pera, saan kayo huhugot,” he asked.
At the same time, Salceda said the bill does not specify the specialty of the hospital saying the requirements of a PCG hospital is catastrophic medicine and therefore what is required is a specialty level 4 hospital dedicated to the service.
Salceda said they would fine-tune the bill when they take it up in the plenary session. | Ma. Victoria Palomar