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Joey Salceda bats for modernization of Albay’s premier public hospital

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By Billy Begas

House Committee on Ways and Means chairperson and Albay Rep. Joey Salceda thanked the Senate Committee on Health for provisionally approving the bill seeking to increase the bed capacity of Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH).

Salceda said BRTTH is considered as the Philippine General Hospital of Bicol Region.

The measure seeks to increase the bed capacity of BRTTH from 250 to 800 and converting it into the Bicol Regional Hospital and Medical Center (BRHMC).

“It will be the PGH of South Luzon and more. We will make it a model healthcare institution that plays an active role in both treatment and prevention efforts. BRTTH will be a genuine public health institution, not just concerned with curing patients, but actually elevating the overall health of the region,” Salceda said.

Salceda also noted that BRTTH is the training hospital for the students of Bicol University College of Medicine, which is one of the first state medical schools in the country to offer free tuition to a significant number of students.

“The BRTTH allows us the BU-CM to produce doctors who are prepared for the real-life challenges of public health and medicine in a developing country,” Salceda added.

He also underscored the efforts and effectiveness of BRTTH in lowering the fatality rates among COVID-19 patients.

A similar measure, authored by Salceda was approved by the House of Representatives on third reading last January.