PGH of South Luzon: Bicol regional hospital to provide quality affordable health care – Salceda
By Billy Begas
House Committee on Ways and Means chairperson Joey Salceda lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for signing the law that will convert the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) into a general and subspecialty hospital.
“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 BRTTH, located in Daraga, Albay, will become the Bicol Regional Hospital and Medical Center (BRHMC). Its bed capacity will also be increased from 250 to 800.
He said the expansion of the BRHMC will help ensure that Universal Health Care is fully implemented in the Bicol region.
With the support of Duterte, Salceda said BRTTH now has a PhilHealth Ward, P580-million equipment modernization, Trauma ER, Bicol Cancer Institute, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Center. He said a 600-bed capacity hospital building is also under construction.
“The BRTTH is the PGH of the Bicol Region. It is the training hospital for the Bicol University College of Medicine, which is one of the first state medical schools in this country, outside the University of the Philippines System, to offer free tuition to a significant share of its students,” he said.
Salceda added that BRTTH is “the beating heart” of Albay’s COVID-19 pandemic response.