Five years after the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center has opened its new EVRMC Main Building for the people of Region VIII last 22nd of May 2018 in Barangay Bagacay, Tacloban City.

The impact of the catastrophic upheaval of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013 was an indefatigable challenge to EVRMC as an institution that was known to serve and help patients under the poverty line. As if unscathed, the hospital operations continuously dispensed medical services even with its meager resources. The challenge was accepted and lead to what EVRMC has become now, a progressive and a competitive health institution in the Visayas.

Inauguration of the New EVRMC Main Building
Inauguration of the New EVRMC Main Building in Barangay Bagacay, Tacloban City

The Inauguration Ceremony was spearheaded by the DOH with EVRMC’s Medical Center Chief of hospital, Dr. John Edward Coloma together with the guests of honor, from the office of the President, Ms. Cielito “Honeylet” Avancena, Special Assistant to the President, Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. Assistant Secretary Abdula Dumama Jr, Presidential Assitant for the Visayas Michael Lloyd Dino and Congresswoman Yedda Romualdez. Regional Director, Dr. Minerva Molon and Former DOH Secretaries. Dr. Lilibeth David and Dr. Paulyn Jean Ubial were also present during the prestigious event.

The new 6-storey hospital building has a total floor area of 30,000 square meters. The P497 million infrastructure is designed for a 450 bed capacity and 180 bed private rooms. It has an Emergency Room, Radiology Department, Laboratory, Malasakit Center, Pharmacy and Special Units such as Central Intensive Care Unit, Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit, Post Anesthesia Care Unit and Pre-op Unit.

This huge modernization project was realized and supported by Bloomberry Cultural Foundation and Japan International Cooperation Agency who lend their helping hand in making this project a success. The construction of the OPD Building, MCH building and the new main building is just a start of a new and wonderful beginning as eight more buildings will soon to rise within its hospital complex.

Along with the inauguration of the new EVRMC Main building, the Department of Health also unveils the EVRMC’s Malasakit Center, a one stop shop that will provide assistance to the underprivileged people of the region. It will work together hand in hand with other government agencies such as, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office (PCSO), Philippine Amusement Gaming Corp (PAGCOR), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth)and Department of Health (DOH).

“We must look beyond present reality of this medical center because this is the only medical center there is in this region. It will continue to be relevant and valuable for a place of healing, comfort and hope. Together we can make the new Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center the best health facility to provide for Region 8, hopefully for the whole Philippines”.

The EVRMC’s well trained and highly qualified personnel are trailblazing and highly dedicated to sublimely achieve the mandate and objectives of the Philippine Health Agenda. It is not far fetched of it’s goal of becoming a premier medical institution in our country.