Philippine General Hospital

The Philippine General Hospital (PGH) is a tertiary state-owned hospital administered and operated by the University of the Philippines Manila. It is designated as the National University Hospital, and the largest government facility and referral center. It stands within a 10 hectare site located at the UP Manila Campus in Ermita, Manila. It has 1,100 beds and 400 private beds, and has an estimated of 4,000 employees to serve more than 600,000 patients yearly.[1]

Philippine General Hospital
Philippine General Hospital (Taft Avenue, Manila; 01-01-2020).jpg
UPM-PGH Administration Building
LocationErmita, Manila, Philippines
Coordinates14°34′40″N 120°59′9″E / 14.57778°N 120.98583°E / 14.57778; 120.98583Coordinates: 14°34′40″N 120°59′9″E / 14.57778°N 120.98583°E / 14.57778; 120.98583
Care systemPublic
Hospital typeGeneral, public, teaching
Affiliated universityUniversity of the Philippines
University of the Philippines Manila
Beds1,100 charity beds
400 private beds

The PGH, being the largest training hospital in the country, is the laboratory hospital of health science students enrolled in the University of the Philippines. This includes students of medicine, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy, occupational therapy, dentistry, and speech pathology.

There are 15 clinical departments— Family and Community Medicine, Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Neurosciences, Pediatrics, Otorhinolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation Medicine, Psychiatry, Radiology, Pathology, Emergency Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynecology—all of which offer residency and fellowship training. It also offers various training for paramedical specialties such as nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, radiation technology, nutrition, hospital dentistry, medical technology and EMT training.


PGH celebrated its centennial in 2007, one hundred years since the US government passed a law establishing it. The hospital has seen the worst of tropical epidemics during its early existence and the worst of the war in the 1940s. It is one of the very few Philippine hospitals that remained open all throughout the war.[2]


Pediment detail of the UPM-PGH Administration Building

The Philippine General Hospital Administration Building is situated along Taft Avenue in Manila. It was built by architect [Tomas Mapua] in neo-classic style that follows the Daniel Burnham plan for Manila. This plan included Manila Hotel, Army and Navy Club and the Philippine General Hospital. These were executed by his successor, Parsons included who was a city planner in the Philippines during the early period American colonization in the country. His works was a clear translation of Neoclassicism into a new hybrid of colonial tropical architecture.[3]

In 1907, The Philippine Commission passed Act No. 1688 which appropriated the sum of P780,000.00 for the construction of the Philippine General Hospital. The cornerstone of the hospital was laid on February 28, 1908. The bids for the construction of the buildings were opened on July 27 and the contract was awarded to the lowest bidder, H. Thurber of the Manila Construction Company. The structural works for the central administration building, a surgical pavilion with two operating rooms, a building for dispensary and out-clinic, five ward pavilions of sixty beds each, a nurses’ home, a kitchen, an ambulance stable and morgue were completed on November 30, 1909. In 1910, the Philippine General Hospital opened its door to the public on September 1 with three hundred thirty beds and was eventually linked to the University of the Philippines College of Medicine, then the Philippine Medical School. In 1981, First Lady Imelda R. Marcos commissioned Arch. J. Ramos to undertake the master planning of the PGH renovation project.[4]


  1. ^ Quodala, Schatzi. "Did you know: Philippine General Hospital". Philippine General Hospital. Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  2. ^ "HISTORY". Philippine General Hospital. September 5, 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  3. ^ Fernandez, John Joseph. "Methods and Strategies in theRehabilitation of the Luneta Hotel" (PDF). College of Architecture, UST. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
  4. ^ "HISTORY". Philippine General Hospital. Retrieved 9 April 2015.

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