Bicol Medical Center History



In 1933, a 25-bed hospital in a vintage rented Spanish residential house at then Mabini Street, now Penafrancia Avenue, Naga City, served as the Camarines Sur provincial hospital. However, due to inadequate facilities, the hospital operation ceased after three years. To address the need for a provincial hospital in Camarines Sur, the Provincial Government finalized the provincial hospital's blueprint. In 1941, a one-storey hospital building was constructed in a 5000 square meter land in now Panganiban Drive, Naga City. But the building never got inaugurated as World War II broke out.


Japanese invaders and Filipino opportunists looted the hospital and left the building completely bare. Amidst the hardship and grave danger, the hospital operated through its staff's sheer determination and perseverance. As the hospital became one of the Japanese barracks in Naga City and Camarines Sur, it became a target for American bombing. The war left the hospital in ruins. 


In 1945, the Philippine Civilian Affairs Unit of the American Government helped the hospital to rise again. After becoming a recipient of the United States Reparation Forces, the hospital increased its capacity to 75.


In 20 years, the hospital bed capacity of the provincial hospital further increased to 250. By 1984, DOH has integrated the DSJRMMH as the Department of Psychiatry to the existing provincial hospital. Hence, the Camarines Sur Provincial Hospital's bed capacity increase to 450.


The Republic Act 7454, passed in April 1992, has changed the Camarines Sur Provincial hospital's name to Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital.


Despite upgraded facilities as a regional hospital and trained health care workers, there was a need for a well-equipped tertiary hospital in Camarines Sur for the poor and disadvantaged who may seek medical consultation and treatment that otherwise may only be available in Manila.


On June 15, 1995, President Fidel Ramos passed Republic Act No. 8053, converting the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital into Bicol Medical Center (BMC). The new law also expanded the hospital's bed capacity to 500.


In 2005, the BMC management focused on the organizational reforms thru its first strategic planning and crafting of the medical center's Mission and Vision. And four years after, in 2009, modernization of the hospital has started. 


BMC has been an ISO-certified hospital since 2014. In 2019, the medical center received the Gold Trailblazer Award for the Performance Governance System Initiation Stage.


Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine government passed the Republic Act 11478, July 2020, which increases the hospital's bed capacity from 500 to 1000. In addition, the law will address the overwhelming congestion of the medical center. 


BMC envisions to be a patient-centered, highly specialized Medical Center in the Bicol Region. It is committed to providing specialized, multi-disciplinary healthcare services, training, and research for healthier and more resilient Bicolanos.




Last Update: November 1, 2021