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The PGH Cancer Center demonstrates Marcos’ dedication to putting health first.

The Marcos administration’s dedication to prioritizing the healthcare needs of Filipinos is demonstrated by the NEDA Board’s approval of the PHP6 billion, 300-bed University of the Philippines-Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) Cancer Center, according to a socioeconomic planning official.

The UP-PGH Cancer Center is the first public-private partnership (PPP) project authorized by the Marcos administration, according to NEDA Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon.

“It sends a good message that we value health very highly,” said the speaker. Therefore, I hope that this is just the beginning of many,” Edillon said in a media session on Saturday.

The NEDA Board presided over by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., approved the UP-PGH Cancer Center during its third meeting on Thursday in Malacaang.

The administration’s medium-term goal of social and economic transformation is anticipated to be in part achieved by the seven high-impact initiatives that have been approved by the NEDA Board.

Edillon cited the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for 2023–2028 when he claimed that the Marcos administration had pledged to build regional specialty hospitals.

“Our citizens who reside in distant provinces don’t need to travel all the way to Manila for this,” said the speaker. “‘Yung mga kababayan natin na nasa mga malalayong probinsya. Naturally, the UP-PGH Cancer Institute would be the first of these, she continued.

The Cancer Center will provide medical experts with access to innovative technology that can help with cancer detection and treatment, according to Dr. Jose Rafael Marfori, PGH Special Assistant to the Director.

Marcos pledged to create a statewide Center for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccination institution, and specialty hospitals in his first State of the Nation Address last year in an effort to bring vital healthcare services closer to the populace.

“At the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, there are many specialized hospitals, including the Heart Center, Lung Center, and Children’s Hospital. We greatly benefit from large specialty hospitals like the Heart Center, Lung Center, Children’s Hospital, and National Kidney and Transplant Institute. Maliwanag na hindi lamang dapat dito lamang sa National Capital Region kundi maging sa ibang parte ng bansa kailangan magdagdag ng ganitong uri ng mga pagamutan. It is obvious that hospitals like this are needed throughout the nation, not only in the National Capital Region, said Marcos.

He also committed to making every effort to enhance the welfare of medical professionals such as nurses, doctors, and other front-line staff.

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