PRESIDENT Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has issued an executive order (EO) for the establishment of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) Annex in Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

Marcos signed EO no. 19 on March 8 for the establishment of PHC Annex in Pampanga in a bid to bring quality healthcare closer to Filipinos.

The PHC, the sole specialty hospital in the country that specializes in cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the Philippines, was established under Presidential Decree No. 673 (s. 1975) issued by former President Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

EO 19 tasked the PHC to establish, manage and administer PHC Clark and amend its existing hospital development plan to include the proposed programs and initiatives for the PHC Clark, consistent with the Philippine Health Facility Development Plan 2020-2040, and in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH) and other relevant government agencies.

The amount needed for the establishment and continued operations of the PHC Clark “shall be charged against the available appropriations of the DOH and/or the annual corporate operating budget of the PHC, subject to the pertinent budgeting, accounting and auditing rules and regulations.”

The PHC may obtain additional funding by entering into agreements with other government agencies for the establishment and operation of the PHC Clark. (SunStar Philippines)