The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has begun construction of a new three-storey hospital building in Lucena, Quezon.

The hospital, to be located at Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) headquarters, will feature 25 beds and offers in-patient, outpatient, emergency, and additional services.

AFP public affairs office chief Col Jorry Baclor said: “AFP chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Bartolome Vicente O. Bacarro led the groundbreaking ceremony for the new building of Camp General Nakar Station Hospital on Wednesday, 14 September, at the Headquarters of the Southern Luzon Command in Lucena, Quezo.”

The Department of National Defense, the Department of Public Works and Highways supported the project through the “Tatag ng Imprastraktura para sa Kapayapaan at Seguridad” (TIKAS) programme.

Bacarro said: “Our job as soldiers entails great perils and risks to our lives, especially for our operating troops who confront armed threat groups to protect the communities here in Southern Tagalog.

“Thus, it is imperative that they be given top-notch medical and health services for them to maintain ‘fit bodies and sound minds’ and receive the best immediate medical treatment should their lives be put on the line in the performance of their duties.”

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In January this year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the Philippines has announced the construction of mega modular hospital facilities in Mandaluyong City to further expand the country’s healthcare system.

Located within the premises of the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) in Mandaluyong City, the new healthcare facilities were built by the DPWH Task Force for Augmentation of Health Facilities.