Establishment of a Women’s and Children’s Hospital in the City of Naga

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An Act providing for the establishment of a women’s and children’s hospital in the municipality of Pamplona in the Province of Camarines Sur, to be known as the Bicol women’s and children’s hospital.

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

The reason for this is that the
provincial hospital then located in the Municipality of Naga which later on became a city,
was converted into a regional hospital and then into the Bicol Medical Center (BMC).

But the Bicol Medical Center (BMC) as it stands today for the various services it
has to offer, has only three hundred (300) bed capacity in its main buildings in Naga
City which are earmarked among others for Internal Medicine, Obstetrics (OB),
Gynecology (Gyne), Pediatrics, Surgery, Orthopedics, Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat
(EENT), Dialysis Unit, Physical Therapy Services and Diagnostic Laboratory Facilities.
The Bicol Medical Center itself needs expansion in terms of bed capacity, equipment
and professional personnel.

It should be highlighted that one of the biggest gaps in the province of Camarines
Sur in terms of health care is the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics needs of the
province of Camarines Sur with thirty-five (35) municipalities and two (2) cities.

Apart from local concerns, it is to be re-emphasized that it is our country’s
commitment under the UN Sustainable Development Goals to reduce child mortality,
improve maternal health and combat other women’s and children’s diseases. The
establishment of the Bicol Women’s and Children’s Hospital as herein proposed is
geared towards the attainment of such goal within the province of Camarines Sur.

It is therefore proposed in this bill that instead of reestablishing a provincial
hospital for general medical services, a WOMEN’S and CHILDREN’s HOSPITAL be
organized as a specialized institution that will complement and supplement the facilities
and services that the Bicol Medical Center is presently able to offer.

It is proposed therefore, that a two hundred (200) bed capacity hospital strictly for
women’s and children’s health requirements as defined under this bill be organized
through the enactment of the appropriate law as herein proposed under this bill.

Considering the merits of this bill, early approval hereof is earnestly requested.

LUIS RAYMUND F. VILLAFUERTE, JR.