Bill pushes for creation of Philippine Coast Guard hospital

A HOUSE panel has approved a substitute measure that seeks to construct the Philippine Coast Guard Hospital.

The House Committee on Transportation chaired by Catanduanes Rep. Cesar Sarmiento sees the importance of having a PCG Hospital to provide medical and health services for the personnel and staff of Coast Guard.

The bill, which substitutes House Bill 6090 authored by Malabon Rep. Federico Sandoval II  aims to construct a hospital for the PCG personnel and their dependents to uplift the moral and welfare of its personnel and utilize the full potential of the very capable PCG medical corps.

Sandoval said that after being separated from the Philippine Navy, the privileges of the PCG provided by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) have stopped, including medical benefits.

The proposed hospital shall be known as the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) General Hospital and shall be constructed and built in the Coast Guard Base, Taguig, Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.

One purpose of the PCG General Hospital is to provide comprehensive and total health care services to all personnel and employees of the Philippine Coast Guard, their dependents and the retired uniformed personnel.

It also seeks to complement the existing package of services under the health care program so as to include preventive, promotive, diagnostic, curative and rehabilitative programs.