THE National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board on Thursday approved the Public Private Partnership (PPP) for the construction of the P6-billion University of the Philippines (UP)-Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Cancer Center.
It will be the first PPP project under the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr.
In a statement on Thursday evening, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) said the 300-bed capacity hospital will provide “high-quality, and affordable oncology services” once completed.
“The hospital will provide a full range of cancer treatments, including radio oncology (radiotherapy), imaging, medical oncology, and support for the UP-PGH’s teaching and research activities,” the PCO said.
The facility, which will have 15 to 20 floors, will also have a 1,000-square meter commercial space. It will be constructed within the UP-PGH campus in Manila.
Interested parties will be required to submit a bid.
The PPP will be structured as a 30-year Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) arrangement under the BOT Law.
Under the scheme, UP-PGH’s private partner will design, engineer, construct, and commission the entire new hospital building, procure, maintain, and provide for the periodic replacement of medical and non-medical equipment.
It will also maintain all non-clinical services for the entire hospital building, operate relevant commercial activities, provide clinical services to private-paying patients in the private area, and assume all associated costs of clinical manpower, drugs, and consumables.
For its part, UP-PGH will provide the site at no cost, transfer the existing equipment to the Cancer Institute, provide clinical services to non-paying charity patients in the UP-PGH area, assume all associated costs of clinical manpower, drugs, and consumables, as well as undertake clinical teaching and research.