A state-run healthcare facility and public hospital was revamped and outfitted with new buildings on December 8, making it the biggest public hospital in the country.
The Southern Philippines Medical Center can now treat more people within their 5 new buildings.
Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Rossel-Ubial was present in the inauguration of the new buildings on Thursday, December 8. These were the SPMC Central ICU Building, Cancer Institute, Isolation Facility, House of Hope Annex and Candles of Hope Memorial.
During her speech, Secretary Ubial said that it will soon become the country's largest tertiary health care center, larger than the Philippine General Hospital in Manila. It was recently approved to be upgraded to a 1,500-bed hospital complete with additional staff members.
The project was announced to be in construction last November 2014, with a budget of Php 130 million under Engr. Henry Q. Tancio, head of the Engineering and Maintenance Department. It took 2 years to build, which was according to its original plans.
The project was authorized under Republic Act No. 10155 (also known as the General Appropriations Act) and approved by the Department of Health’s regulatory office, the Bureau of Health Facilities and Services.
Ubial said, along with the upgrades of tertiary hospitals like the SPMC, part of the Duterte Administration's health program is providing quality care and facilities to all communities.
"A total of P21 billion of the DOH budget has been allocated to improve barangay (village) health stations, medical health centers and peripheral hospitals para hindi na kayo lahat magsisiksikan dito," she said.
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