Zamboanga City Coast Guard Station chief Liutenant Commander Noriel Ramos expressed support to the proposed bill which was approved by the House of Representatives on the construction of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) General Hospital.
House Bill 6090 is authored by Rep. Federico Sandoval II (Lone District, Malabon City), 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.
Ramos 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.
“At present, the PCG has its Coast Guard Medical Service, a medical dispensary responsible for providing administrative medical requirements of its personnel and operational medical services during calamities and maritime incidents,” Ramos explained.
The official said that the creation of the PCG hospital if realized, 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.
The hospital targets to monitor the condition of patients and to generate relevant information and data in aid of policy information.
Another goal of the PCG General Hospital is to conduct medical examination of all the trainees of the PCG to ensure their physical and mental capability.
Ramos said that having their own hospital to cater their men who are in need of medical attention will be easier and accessible as well to all personnel.