President Rodrigo Duterte has signed five laws increasing bed capacity of public hospitals in the cities of Iloilo, Las Piñas, Tuguegarao and Quezon, and in Dapa, Surigao del Norte, which will help the country in fighting the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.
Duterte signed all the laws on November 13 with Republic Act (RA) 11496 seeking to increase the bed capacity of the Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao, Iloilo City from 425 to 700 beds.
Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center in Las Piñas City will also increase its bed capacity from 200 to 500 beds under RA 11497. Also, RA 11498 increases the bed capacity of The Cagayan Valley Medical Center in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan from 500 to 1,000 beds.
The Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City will also increase its bed capacity from 500 beds 1,000 beds under RA 11501. Duterte also inked RA 11500, upgrading the Siargao District Hospital in Dapa into a Level 2 general hospital and renaming it as the Siargao Island Medical Center. Also, its bed capacity will increase from to 50 to 100.
Besides increasing bed capacity, the RAs also provide for an improvement of the facilities of the said public hospitals. SOVEREIGNPH