PGH of South Luzon: Salceda optimistic on passage of bill upgrading Bicol hospital


By Billy Begas

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda is optimistic that his proposal converting the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) into a general and subspecialty hospital will be approved by the Senate before session adjourns next week.

Salceda said the passage “is almost certain” since the Senate has approved without amendment House Bill 8228 on second reading.

If the version of the House and the Senate has no difference the measure will not go through the bicameral conference committee and will be transmitted to Malacañang for the president’s signature.

Under the measure, the BRTTH located in the Daraga, Albay will be converted into a general and subspecialty hospital to be known as the Bicol Regional Hospital and Medical Center (BRHMC). The bill also increases the authorized bed capacity of the hospital from 250 to 800.

“This will realize a longstanding dream among Albayanos to have quality affordable medical care for every medical need, and to have access to it within their own province,” Salceda said.

Salceda said “the BRTTH is the PGH of the Bicol Region” and serves as the training hospital for the Bicol University College of Medicine, the first state medical schools outside the University of the Philippines System 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 said.

He said the BRTTH is also Albay’s COVID-19 treatment facility and serves as “the beating heart of our pandemic response.”