Bicol Regional Teaching and Training Hospital (Photo from veritaslegazpi.com/diario/)

LEGAZPI CITY – In celebration of the 100th year of the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) on May 29 in Daraga, Albay, 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda said he allocated P1.8 billion for the hospital’s 3-year modernization program.

Salceda recognized the tertiary hospital as a pillar of the province’s economic development and will play a vital role in terms of needed medical services in his vision for Albay especially when the Bicol International Airport becomes operational.

“By 2020, which is the opening of the Bicol International Airport, your admission is expected to spike not only because BRTTH is the catchment area for medical services of neighboring provinces, including foreigners. We envision Bicol, specifically Albay province, as the California way of life in 2050, as a livable place,” Salceda said.

The unveiling of the centennial marker of the tertiary hospital which highlighted the occasion was led by the Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal, 2nd district Representative Joey Salceda, Gov. Al Francis Bichara, and BRTTH Chief, Dr. Rogelio Rivera.

BRTTH then named Albay Provincial Hospital was founded in 1918 after the US Government donated their 2-story wooden barracks to the Provincial Government of Albay.

The hospital was also occupied by the Japanese in 1942 and its structure destroyed by typhoons over the years but only had a major upgrade in 1994.

At present, BRTTH “commits to provide dynamic and responsive healthcare services” in Albay and nearby provinces.

According to Dr. Rivera, BRTTH also services patients from Catanduanes, and Sorsogon and has increased number of patients.

The hospital houses curative, diagnostic and rehabilitative treatment services.

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