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Healthcare

Anna Mae Yu Lamentillo is a stalwart advocate for universal healthcare in the Philippines. With a passionate commitment to ensuring that every Filipino, regardless of gender, age, ability, or ethnicity, has access to quality and affordable healthcare, Anna Mae has dedicated herself to the noble cause of improving the nation's healthcare system.

During her tenure in the 'Build, Build, Build', Anna Mae played a pivotal role in spearheading the construction of 635 isolation facilities and off-site dormitories. These critical infrastructures provided essential support during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, offering safe spaces for isolation and care, thus mitigating the spread of the virus and saving countless lives. Recognizing the urgent need to address the shortage of hospital beds, Anna Mae led initiatives within the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to complete modular hospitals swiftly.

From 2020, at the height of the pandemic, the DPWH Task Force facilitated the immediate construction of much-needed health facilities nationwide. To date, no less than 820 healthcare facilities with a total bed capacity of 30,234 were completed, augmenting health services nationwide. These facilities consist of 736 units of quarantine/isolation facilities with 28,195 beds, 29 modular hospitals with 595 beds, and 55 off-site dormitories with 1,444 beds for medical personnel and other frontliners.

Among the modular hospital facilities that were quickly completed are those at Quezon Institute-Philippine Tuberculosis Society Inc., Lung Center of the Philippines, Dr. Jose N. Rodriquez Memorial Hospital, National Kidney and Transplant Institute, V. Luna Medical Center, Pasig City General Hospital, Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center, Ospital ng Maynila, Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital, Batangas Medical Center, and Southern Philippines Medical Center in Davao City.

Anna Mae's unwavering dedication to improving healthcare infrastructure and accessibility reflects her profound vision of a healthier and more equitable future for all Filipinos. Through her tireless advocacy and leadership, she continues to champion the cause of universal healthcare, leaving an indelible mark on the healthcare landscape of the Philippines.

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