LEYTE ISLANDS PHILIPPINES
Hospital and Healthcare in Leyte
Speaker Daniel Romualdez Memorial Hospital
Established under Republic Act. 6527. Under the Act, Leyte Provincial Hospital, and Speaker Daniel Romualdez Memorial Hospital shall be merged. Section 2 of the Act states that the personnel of the three hospitals will be absorbed as well as their assets and liabilities.
RA 6527 further stipulates that this hospital in Leyte shall be directly supervised by the Director of Medical Services and will have a capacity of 250 beds. Under Section 4 of the amended law, aside from the present appropriation of PHP500,000, an additional budget of 2 million pesos will be appropriated to the National Treasury for the purpose of converting, maintaining, and managing the hospital.
Leyte Provincial Hospital
Currently being renovated as part of preparations for converting it into the Leyte Medical Center. Lesmes Lumen, Provincial Board Member and Coordinator of the Provincial Health Office, said that it was the directive of Leyte Gov. Carlos Petilla to proceed with the upgrade of the hospital.
Part of the improvement, according to Lumen, is the addition of ten private rooms and 25 additional beds in the hospitals ward department. Likewise, this hospital in Leyte would procure new facilities like x-ray machines, a CT scan, and an ultrasound.
In addition, Lumen said that the funding would be derived from the provincial government while some would come from the income of this hospital in Leyte.
Dr. Jose Silao Memorial Hospital
Through a Memorandum of Agreement between the Department of Health and the provincial government of Leyte, the Dr. Jose Silao Memorial Hospital, formerly West Leyte Hospital, had undergone a major upgrading of its facilities.
The renovation of this hospital in Leyte is part of Gov. Petillas desire to find ways of upgrading the facilities and services of the various hospitals under the provincial government. The governor is trying to cut down on the number of patients being treated by hospitals in Tacloban. Hospitals here are not only suffering from overcrowding but also from lack of medical facilities.
With the signing of the MOA, new facilities will be constructed, modern equipments will be procured, and more medicines will be purchased on behalf of Dr. Jose Silao Memorial Hospital.
Once the renovations are in place, this hospital in Leyte would be elevated from a secondary to a tertiary hospital.
Northwestern Leyte General Hospital
The conversion of Calubian Emergency Hospital in the municipality of Calubian, Leyte to Northwestern Leyte General Hospital is embodied in Republic Act 3166. In order to maintain, convert, and operate this hospital in Leyte, RA 3166 allocated a sum of PHP200,000.
Republic Act 3166 took effect on June 17, 1961.
Located in Tacloban City, Bethany Hospital was established by the Board of Foreign Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. For over 85 years, this hospital in Leyte has served as a teaching and training facility. At the onset of the Second World War, Bethany Hospital served various purposes. It first became an army supply depot in 1944, then headquarters of the WAC, and a provincial hospital. In 1948, the government made it a church hospital.
Bethany Hospital is presently managed by the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP). Its Board of Trustees is not compensated. As a tertiary facility, this hospital in Leyte has a capacity of 125 beds and has a staff numbering to 175. Bethany Hospital serves the people of Region VIII considered as one of the poorest in the country.