By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
President Duterte has signed the law creating the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) General Hospital which will provide healthcare services to its personnel, employees, retired uniformed personnel, and their dependents.
Republic Act (RA) 11372, signed on August 8, takes effect 15 days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation.
The hospital will be built at the Coast Guard Base in Taguig City.
Aside from healthcare services, it will also conduct the medical examination of all Coast Guard trainees.
The law also considers the legitimate, illegitimate, or legally adopted children living with the Coast Guard personnel as dependents as long as they are not older than 21 years, unmarried, and not gainfully employed, or is over the age of majority but incapacitated and incapable of self-support due to a mental or physical defect.
The hospital will be administered by a board of directors chaired by the Coast Guard Commandant with the deputy commandant as vice-chairperson.
Making up the board are the Coast Guard Medical Service command surgeon, and commander; Coast Guard Nurse Corps commander; Coast Guard Legal Service commander; and the Coast Guard Staff for Human Resource and Management deputy chief.
The board will develop a program of patient care and hospital administration that includes the establishment, management, operation, and maintenance of a hospital organization with defined lines of authority and responsibility, lines of communication and coordination among all its units.
It will also organize the hospital’s structure in accordance with the staffing pattern approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). It will appoint officials and employees, prescribe their duties, and fix their compensation.
The board is also required to provide training for all hospital personnel in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Health (DOH).