LEGAZPI CITY, May 29 (PIA) – Another milestone for Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) has been etched on its history as it celebrates its centennial year of service. 


Started in 1918, BRTTH originally opened as an US Army hospital which was later renamed to Albay Provincial Hospital before it got its current name and status today. 

A motorcade started the celebration followed by a centennial human formation by 100 wheelchair recipients from the residents of the province of Albay and Sorsogon. 

A ground breaking ceremony commenced the construction of a new 5 – storey building with 600 bed capacity. 

The said events were participated in by the personnel from BRTTH, representatives from the Department of Health headed by Bicol Regional Director Dr. Napoleon Arevalo together with Undersecretary Lilibeth David and Assistant Secretary Francia Laxamana from the DOH Central Office. Present also in the celebration in Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Sarte Salceda. 

BRTTH chief Dr. Rogelio Rivera also expressed his gratitude in the celebration of their hospital’s centennial year. 

Asked what made BRTTH reach its current age today, Rivera said that it wasn’t really a secret. 

“In fact, we are just doing our jobs to reach our goals. We need to show the Filipinos that the government is ready and willing to help them,” Rivera said. 

With an increasing number of patients every day, the said hospital starts to implement its modernization and widening program. 

Top on their list is the construction of a 5 – storey building with a 600 bed capacity. 

“It is one of our objectives to have an increase in bed capacity as well as personnel to lessen the congestion in the wards,” Dr. Rivera said. 

The said medical chief also added that they need to serve the Bicolanos even more for them not to go to farther places just to have their medication. 

“We can show our patients that we have and can still offer more high quality health care services most especially in the future,” he added. 

According to Rivera the reason why he still goes serving the public with health services is because he believes that he can still do more to help the patients. 

“I can still help that’s why I still strive. I will stay. I will fight for better health care services,” he continued. 

Meanwhile, as part of their upgrading efforts, BRTTH is set to put up additional facilities such as heart center, new out – patient department, cancer center psychiatric building, dialysis building, ER – trauma building and patient support service building as well as HIV Hub. 

New facilities will be also added such as stroke, trauma, alternative/complimentary medicine and a public health unit. 

Also, with the increase in facilities, BRTTH is also on its process to put more plantilla position in their hospital to accommodate foreseen influx of patients. (WSA/PIA5)