ILOILO CITY, Nov. 25 (PIA) - - The bed and service capabilities of the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) based in this city got a timely boost in the light of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas Assistant Secretary Jonji Gonzales said at the Laging Handa Network Briefing, November 25, that WVMC will have upgraded equipment and facilities after President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11496.
Gonzales said the law will increase the bed capacity of WVMC by 275 beds from 425 to 700 beds.
The law also allows additional medical personnel commensurate to the increased bed capacity.
"The move will improve the services of the hospital," said Gonzales.
Iloilo City Representative Julienne Baronda has expressed her gratitude to the President for signing the bill into law and to Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go for championing the passage of the bill in the Senate.
WVMC was first established as an emergency hospital in 1940 before it became Iloilo Provincial Hospital. It was upgraded into a regional hospital in 1982 and was then named as Western Visayas Regional Hospital prior to its present medical center status. (JSC/laf/PIA6 Iloilo)