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ACT NO. 6375
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 6375 - AN ACT
CREATING TONDO GENERAL HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER, DEFINING ITS
PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
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– This Act shall be known as the Charter of the Tondo General Hospital
and Medical Center.
Sec. 2. Declaration of Purpose and Objectives. –
There is hereby created the Tondo General Hospital and Medical Center
to be established and operated in and for the District of Tondo, City
of Manila, the same to be organized as a corporation under the
It shall be a non-profit public institution and its purpose being
primarily to give free in-patient and out-patient medical care to as
many residents of the District of Tondo, City of Manila, as possible.ts
objectives shall be:
(a) To provide residents of the District of Tondo
medical care at no cost to them where warranted;
(b) To give these residents easy access to hospital
facilities and hospital care, especially the poor and indigent among
(c) To provide them with better facilities for
domiciliary health and medical services.
Sec. 3. The Hospital Board. – To carry out the
purpose and objectives enumerated in Section two of this Act, there is
hereby created the governing board of the Tondo General Hospital and
Medical Center which shall hereafter be known as the Hospital Board.t
shall be composed of five members with the Budget Commissioner or his
duly authorized representative and the President of the Tondo Medical
Society as ex-officio chairman and vice chairman, respectively, and
three members coming from the private sector. Two of these three
members shall be physicians, one of whom shall at least be a medical
specialist while the other a government recognized hospital
administrator. The other member shall be a person of known probity in
the community and is active in civic and community work.
The members of the Hospital Board shall be appointed by the President
of the Philippines and shall receive no salary. They shall, however,
receive a per diem of not exceeding one hundred pesos for every meeting
of the Board actually attended: provided, however, that the total
amount of per diem for all the meetings of the Board in a single month
shall not exceed five hundred pesos at a rate of not more than one
hundred pesos per diem for every member of the Board. Members of the
Hospital Board who are not officers of the Government shall serve for a
term of four years renewable for another term only.
The Board Secretary shall be appointed by the Chairman from the ranking
members of the hospital staff.
Sec. 4. Powers and Duties of the Hospital Board. –
Subject to existing laws, the Hospital Board, as the governing and
policy-making body of the hospital, shall have such powers as are
necessary to carry out the purpose and objectives enumerated in this
Act, including the exercise of corporate powers.t shall perform the
following functions and duties:
(a) To promulgate and prescribe the rules and
regulations for the administration of the affairs of the hospital.
(b) To study, propose and approve plans for the
improvement of the services of the hospital.
(c) To propose, study and approve or, amend or revise
the organizational structure of the hospital, both medical and
administrative, in order to meet the exigencies of the service, subject
to existing laws and regulations on the matter and consonant with the
principles of sound hospital administration.
(d) To consider and approve appointments and
promotions of all staff personnel, medical and administrative, and
other employees upon the recommendation of the Hospital Director.
(e) To investigate all cases of anomalies, negligence
or misconduct of all hospital personnel including the Hospital
Director.t shall have the final authority to pass upon the removal,
separation, and suspension of such personnel subject to the Civil
Service Rules and Regulations.
(f) To make an internal audit once a year of the
business operation of the hospital.
(g) To receive in trust, legacies, gifts, land grants
and donations of real and personal property of all kinds, tax free, and
to administer the same for the benefit of the hospital or a department
of service thereof. Foreign and domestic donors of legacies, gifts,
grants and donations under this section shall be exempt from any tax of
whatever kind and nature to the extent of the full amount donated,
provisions of existing laws to the contrary notwithstanding.
(h) To consider and approve the budget prepared by
the hospital administration for submission to the Congress of the
Philippines through the Budget Commissioner.
Sec. 5. Meeting of the Board; Quorum. – The
Hospital Board shall meet regularly once a month at the Tondo General
Hospital and Medical Center on a regular date fixed for the purpose.
Special meetings may be called as often as necessary, subject to
paragraph two of Section three hereof. A majority of the members shall
constitute a quorum. All decisions of the Board must be by a majority
of the members present.
Sec. 6. Board Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Board
Secretary. – The Chairman shall call and preside over all meetings of
the Board. He shall sign all papers for the Board and shall certify to
all its transactions.
The Vice-Chairman shall act as Chairman and perform all duties and
exercise all powers attached thereto when the Chairman is sick or
The Board Secretary shall keep the records of the proceedings and
transactions of the Hospital Board and shall attest to the same.
Sec. 7. The Hospital Director; Auditor. – There
shall be a Hospital Director, elected by a majority vote of the
Hospital Board: provided, that the recommendee is qualified under the
Civil Service Laws and Rules.
The Hospital Director shall serve until otherwise incapacitated or
removed for cause and shall receive an annual salary equivalent to that
of Chief of Hospital IV under the Salary Plan of the Wage and Position
Classification Office. He shall have charge of the hospital and shall
have the powers in respect to the hospital as are vested by law in
chiefs of hospitals.
Specifically, the Hospital Director shall:
(a) Be responsible for the implementation of all
policies, decisions and orders of the Hospital Board;
(b) Have immediate supervision and control over the
affairs of the hospital as well as its management and administration,
subject to the authority of the Hospital Board;
(c) Subject to the approval of the Hospital Board,
prepare plans for a hospital residency program in the fields of
medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, eye-ear-nose
and throat, laboratory, radiology, and training program in nursing and
(d) Prepare and submit to the Hospital Board periodic
reports on the state of affairs, financial conditions, budgetary
requirements and other problems of the hospital together with the
corresponding recommendations thereon; and
(e) Perform such other duties as the Hospital Board
may from time to time direct him to do, consonant with the dignity and
responsibility of the office.
The Hospital Board shall appoint an auditor who shall be the
representative of the Auditor General who is hereby designated as
ex-officio auditor of the Tondo General Hospital and Medical Center.
The auditor shall be the chief of its auditing and accounting
department. He shall audit, examine and settle all accounts of the
Tondo General Hospital and Medical Center according to existing laws
and regulations and shall perform such other duties as the Auditor
General, Hospital Director or the Hospital Board may require him. His
compensation shall be fixed by the Hospital Board.
Sec. 8. Hospital Organization; Bed Capacity. – The
organization of the hospital shall include such departments and
services as the Hospital Board may deem essential to carry on with the
objectives of this Act but shall in no case be contrary to the basic
organizational plans prescribed by the Bureau of Medical Services of
the Department of Health nor with the principles of sound hospital
The hospital shall have a bed capacity of not less than one hundred,
ninety per centum of which shall be devoted exclusively to charity
patients.t shall likewise maintain facilities and wards for emergency
cases as well as those for out-patients and domiciliary services.
Sec. 9. Heads of Departments and Services;
Compensations. – The heads of departments and services as well as
medical consultants and specialists shall be appointed by the Hospital
Board upon recommendation of the Hospital Director. Their compensations
shall be prescribed by the Hospital Board but the same shall in no case
be less than provided for under existing laws and regulations.
All other personnel and employees of the hospital shall be appointed by
the Hospital Director subject to the approval of the Hospital Board.
SECTION 10. Hospital Trust Funds. – All funds and
money not coming from the general fund of the National Government such
as contributions from taxes and assessments from authorized sweepstakes
lotteries and games, donations, legacies, endowment, income of the pay
wards and other hospital services shall be used and disbursed only upon
the authorization of the Hospital Board for the purpose of improving
the hospital, its facilities and services, including the purchase of
medicines, supplies and equipment.
SECTION 11. Supervision by the Department of Health.
– The Tondo General Hospital and Medical Center shall be under the
supervision of the Department of Health.
SECTION 12. Transfer of the Site and Building of the
Jose R. Reyes Memorial Hospital, Tondo Annex. – Upon the organization
of the Hospital Board, the ownership and possession of the lot and
building, other physical plants, equipment, tools, implements, records,
balance of funds and appropriations, and personnel, if any, of the
Tondo Annex of the Jose R. Reyes Memorial Hospital shall be transferred
and conveyed to the said hospital Board in the name of Tondo General
Hospital and Medical Center free from all encumbrances.
SECTION 13. Appropriations. – The sum of five hundred
thousand pesos is hereby appropriated, out of any funds of the National
Treasury not otherwise appropriated, to carry out the purpose of this
There shall also be included in the annual General Appropriations Act
such sums of money as may be required to operate and maintain the Tondo
General Hospital and Medical Center, based upon the recommendation of
the Hospital Board.
SECTION 14. Sweepstakes Lotteries. – To augment the
appropriations for the operation and maintenance of the Tondo General
Hospital and Medical Center and to finance its program of improvement
of services and expansion, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office is
hereby authorized to hold one lottery once every quarter but not
exceeding a total of eight lotteries, the net proceeds of which shall
be turned over to the said hospital.
SECTION 15. Repealing Clause. – All laws, ordinances,
regulations and orders or parts thereof as may be inconsistent herewith
are hereby repealed or superseded.
SECTION 16. Effectivity. – This Act shall take effect
upon its approval.
Approved: August 16, 1971
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