If you’re someone who lives in Quezon City, you’ve probably come across the Lung Center of the Philippines a handful of times. After all, it’s situated on one of the busiest thoroughfares in the city, Quezon Avenue. 

It’s especially unmistakable during the early hours of the morning where a significant amount of people can be seen huddled together—either there for a check-up or treatment.

The health center has been servicing Filipinos for four decades, specializing in pulmonary diseases and conditions, which remains one of the top killers in the country. 

If you’re interested in learning more about this long-standing health institution, then continue scrolling below. 

Why was it built?

Between the 1970s and 1980s, the Philippines’ leading cause of death included pulmonary diseases such as pneumonia and tuberculosis. To combat these pervasive illnesses that typically affected the poor, the Marcos Government put up the Lung Center of the Philippines, a dedicated treatment institution for lung afflictions. 

How was it actualized? 

This government tertiary hospital came into reality through former President Marcos’ Presidential Decree No. 1823 on January 16, 1981, which aimed to provide the Filipino public a state-of-the-art center for lung and other chest diseases.  

However, First Lady Imelda Marcos is credited for playing a large role in its construction. Dr. Enrique Garcia approached the then president’s wife to ask for assistance to rehabilitate the ailing Quezon Institute, an institution operated and managed by Philippine Tuberculosis Society, Inc.

Imelda agreed to help out but also shared her vision of creating specialty health institutions in the Philippines, which included the Lung Center. 

When was it opened? 

The Lung Center of the Philippines was officially opened to the Filipino public on January 23, 1982, a little over a year after it was decreed. 

However, the institution was temporarily closed in 1998 after a fire ravaged 80 percent of the center’s equipment and building. A year later, in 1999, after undergoing significant rehabilitation, which was made possible by the Php 200 million funding released by then-President Joseph Estrada, the hospital was able to reopen—now better than ever. 

At Present

Although it’s been at least four decades since the Lung Center of the Philippines opened, it’s still delivering quality service to its Filipino patients. 

And in this period of crisis due to the pandemic, the center plays a significant role in treating people who’ve been struck by COVID-19.

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Image credit: Lung Center of the Philippines’ Official Facebook Page