Mayor ‘Bistek’ cites his administration’s focus on public health as he winds down his reign

Published May 19, 2019, 11:43 AM

by Patrick Garcia


By Chito Chavez

Outgoing Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista had cited his administration’s focus in providing outmost health care to the city’s residents especially to the impoverished sector.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista  (FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)
Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista

With his reign as local chief executive winding down, Bautista said his administration had consistently trained its sight in building health care centers to cater to the needs of the people especially those living in the city’s remote and far-flung areas where the poor usually resides.

To recall, Bautista joined other officials on Tuesday for the inauguration of the Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital, a four-storey medical center.

Bautista noted this health facility will primarily cater to the urban poor residents in the city, especially in the second district, which to date, constitutes majority of the city’s urban poor.

Situated along IBP Road in Barangay Batasan Hills, the new hospital shall operate as a second-level facility with a 107-bed capacity.

Built at a cost of more than P400 million, the Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital is equipped with state-of-the art medical facilities.

This includes a 64-slice CT Scan, ICU, NICU, operating rooms, 30/40 ultra sound and mechanical ventilatorer, to highlight the city government’s effort to provide quality medical services to underprivileged city residents.

Bautista underscored the importance of constructing the hospital since there is no existing public/government medical facility operating in the area.

The city mayor also has reiterated that beneficiaries of the new medical facility shall include not only residents of Barangay Batasan Hills but also residents of neighboring barangays such as Payatas, Holy Spirit, Bagong Silangan, and Commonwealth, in District II and other Districts, as well.

To date, the hospital is offering its OPD services for free, such as x-ray, ultra sound, complete blood count and urinalysis, from Mondays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., until the hospital becomes fully operational.

Available medical services at RMBGH include internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, OB-GYN and dental.

Built on a portion of the 4,000-square meter property owned by the National Housing Authority (NHA), the hospital is partly funded by the National Government with P 89 million sourced from the Local Infrastructure Program Fund for 2015 and another P100 million sourced from the Health Facilities Enhancement Program for 2016.

The establishment of the Rosario Maclang Bautista General Hospital in Barangay Batasan Hills is provided for under Ordinance 2426 which was approved by Bautista on September 11, 2015.