The state-run Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) will no longer be transferred, Health Secretary Enrique Ona said on Thursday.
Ona made the announcement when he presented the Department of Health’s proposed P87-billion budget for 2015 before the House Appropriations panel.
“There is no more attempt to transfer the PCMC to another location inside the Lung Center compound. People there [in PCMC]have strongly opposed the transfer, and so now we are looking at how it can be modernized in its same location,” the Health chief said.
But House deputy minority leader Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna party-list noted that the non-transfer of the hospital does not mean that it will not be privatized since the PCMC has been included in the government’s Private Public Partnership (PPP) program.
Ona admitted that Colmenares was right.
“The Board of Directors will meet and discuss the matter, but I don’t want to preempt the possible outcome of the meeting,” he said.
The Health chief however clarified that the modernization of PCMC is yet to be decided.
“We want to modernize and rehabilitate the PCMC, and rehabilitating the hospital demands more space which can be provided by the nearby Lung Center,” Ona said.
“There was a lot of misinformation on the supposed privatization which is really not the case since the Board is yet to decide on that,” he added.