Quezon City – A bill seeking to increase the plantilla positions assigned to the West Visayas State University Medical Center was approved on Wednesday (June 6), subject to style and amendments, by the Committee on Appropriations. Iloilo City Representative Jerry Treñas filed House Bill No. 4989, which shall increase the number of plantilla positions for the West Visayas State University Medical Center in order to meet the standard number of staffing positions for a 300-bed hospital.
The West Visayas State University purchased the Benito Lopez Memorial Hospital in 1987. The hospital, which is now named the West Visayas State University Medical Center, was initially authorized by the Department of Health (DOH) to operate as a 150-bed tertiary training hospital, and to be the hospital unit of the University. In 2001, the DOH increased the bed capacity of the hospital from 150 to 300 beds. However, the number of plantilla positions for the medical staff of the hospital did not receive a corresponding increase. The hospital only has 235 regular employees, even if the standard manpower requirement for a 300-bed hospital is 752.
Treñas has been fully supportive of the efforts of the West Visayas State University Medical Center to provide quality healthcare to the people of Iloilo City. The Iloilo City Congressman allocates part of his Priority Development Assistance Fund to the University hospital in order to provide free medical assistance to indigent patients.