BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya—President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recently approved a law transforming the Veterans Regional Hospital in this town from a 200-bed to 500-bed capacity facility.
Duterte signed Republic Act 11081 last Sept. 28, which also covers the upgrading of the hospital’s facilities, health care services, increase of its health personnel, and its renaming into the Region 2 Trauma and Medical Center.
Dr. Cirilo Galindez, VRH chief, said the full transformation of the hospital will be done within three years based on RA 11081.
“We are grateful for the approval of this act from the Congress, Senate and President Duterte. This will further improve our health services for the benefit of our patients,” he said.
RA 11081 was authored and sponsored by Rep. Luisa Cuaresma in 2016.
Galindez said the law will fill the gap of their present accommodation of patients not only in Nueva Vizcaya but from neighboring provinces in Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region.
He said that during their peak season, patients needing medical services can reach up to more than 300.
“RA 11081 will also pave the way for our filling-up of many crucial medical positions. This will redound to our improved and efficient delivery of health services especially for the poor,” Galindez added.