Dr. Paciente Cordero
The proposed Cancer Center is the first project of is kind under President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos, Jr. new administration. He has lured both local and foreign investors to bid in order to raise P6 Billion for the Cancer Center project designed to be built under the government’s public-private partnership (PPP) program.
To be built inside the University of the Philippines Philippine General compound, the building will have 300 beds: 150 dedicated for sponsored public patients and the other 150 for self-paying private patients.
The Center houses a dedicated cancer hospital that provides international quality medical treatment. While the following are some terms on this PPP project as announced. Thus:
– Private partner will design, finance, construct and commission the new hospital building;
– UP-PGH will provide the clinical services for free to public patients, while the self-paying ones will be provided by the private partner;
– Private partner will provide all major equipment, undertake facilities maintenance, as well as provide non-clinical services including cleaning, catering, laundry, portering and security to entire hospital over 30-year PPP commission.
Incidentally, in March 2023 more than 60 firms attended the investor’s conference called by UP-PGH – the firms signified their interest on the PPP project, a heart-warming barometer for the Center’s realization.
The proposed Cancer Center, like most science and medical facilities, have had rough sailing, some languishing into oblivion due to snail-paced, actions or sky-high disinterest among the honorables with the Legislative and Executive branches of government. Otherwise, if the Center project pushes through, it will be a living legacy of the PBBM administration.
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