Converting Western Visayas Medical Center

SPONSORSHIP SPEECH
Converting Western Visayas Medical Center into a
Government-Owned and Controlled Hospital Corporation
On S.B. No. 3381 under C.R. No. 602

BY SENATOR PIA S. CAYETANO
Senate seesion
29 January 2013

Mr. President, esteemed colleagues,

It is the duty of the State to provide adequate, efficient, and affordable health care for all Filipinos, and it falls upon us as legislators to enact policies that effectively fulfill this duty. It is my privilege to rise before you today to sponsor Senate Bill No. 3381 under Committee Report No. 602, An Act Converting the Western Visayas Medical Center into a Government-Owned and –Controlled Hospital Corporation.

The Western Visayas Medical Center or WVMC began as an emergency hospital facility in Lapaz, Iloilo City in 1946. It has since expanded into a 445-bed capacity medical center and evolved into a comprehensive and integrated health care system. Home to 12 medical departments, WVMC provides services to the over four million populace of Region VI, covering the provinces of Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz, Antique and Guimaras. Its competent doctors and staff are dedicated to providing adequate services to the public.

This bill will integrate the Western Visayas Medical Center with the San Joaquin Municipal Hospital at the municipality of San Joaquin, Iloilo and effectively convert WVMC into a Government-Owned and –Controlled Hospital Corporation, with the objective of providing the Filipino people with more affordable, quality, and timely hospital care through a more efficient health service delivery system. It will also institute reforms in the organization, administration and financial management of WVMC as a means of reducing the cost and improving the quality of public health care.

Mr. President, this bill will not lead to the deprivation of quality health care services to the citizens of Western Visayas. Rather, it seeks to transform WVMC into a more effective and self-sufficient health care provider, where the ultimate beneficiaries are the Filipino people, especially women and children, the elderly, disabled, and underprivileged.

Mr. President, in the pursuit of providing affordable, accessible, and acceptable public health care for every citizen, I seek the immediate approval of this bill. Thank you.

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