Duterte signs law creating Coast Guard Hospital
By Prince Golez
President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law establishing a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) General Hospital.
In signing Republic Act (RA) 11372, Duterte said the hospital shall provide a comprehensive and total health care services to all PCG personnel, their dependents, and retired uniformed personnel.
The PCG General Hospital shall be constructed in the Coast Guard Based located in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City, the new law stated.
RA 11372 directs the hospital to conduct medical examination of all PCG trainees to ensure their physical and mental capability, monitor the condition of patients and generate relevant information and data in the aid of policy information, and complement the existing package of services under the health program to include preventive, promotive, diagnostic, curative and rehabilitative programs.
Eligible dependents include: the legitimate spouse dependent who is not a PCG personnel or employee; the legitimate, legitimated, illegitimate acknowledged children, legally adopted or stepchildren of the PCG personnel and employees below 21 years of age; children of PCG personnel and employees over 21 years old who are unmarried and unemployed, or who are incapacitated and incapable of self-support due to mental, physical or any disability; and parents who rely upon the PCG personnel or employee for financial support.
Funding for the construction and operationalization of the hospital will be included in the annual General Appropriations Act of the Department of Transportation.