PHILIPPINE National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” M. dela Rosa and the Philippine-Chinese Charitable Association, Inc. signed a memorandum of agreement which allows the free hospitalization at the Chinese General Hospital of policemen and police non-uniformed personnel wounded in the line of duty.
Owned and operated by the PCCAI, represented by PCCAI chairman Dr. Benito Goyokpin and president Dr. James G. Dy, the Manila-based Chinese General Hospital under the agreement will treat for free wounded officers and men of the PNP.
“Line of duty” is defined by the agreement as those who are engaged in actual police operations or during hot pursuit of criminals, terrorists and other enemies of the State and while in the performance of official duties from the time he left his residence to report for work and perform his official functions at his designated place of assignment until such time of his proper relief.
However, the agreement excludes policemen who have been injured or wounded outside the scope of official police functions such as during drinking spree, injuries due and brought about by a heated altercation or other similar incidents; injuries or wounds due to intentional acts, misconduct or vicious immoral or illegal acts; and injuries or wounds sustained while on official leave of absence or other similar situation, except when while on leave, the policeman is called upon to perform official police functions.
The CGH-PNP agreement states that the hospital will provide free preliminary medical aid and treatment to policemen regardless of place of assignment in the event they are wounded in the line of duty. The CGH will also provide free diagnosis and treatment to such policemen including surgery and major operations as well as the use of its medical equipment and facilities from admission to release. The PNPwill have to transport the wounded policemen to the CGH and present ”in line of duty” status or proof that the injuries were sustained during the actual performance of duties.
The two organizations also agreed that the responsibility of the PCCAI and the CGH will cease should the policeman, after several days of confinement in the CGH, opt to transfer to another hospital for medical reasons.
The agreement also states that should the policeman, after having been medically treated be found to not have sustained the injury in the line of duty or not to be an active member of the PNP, shall be required to pay all his hospital bills without prejudice to the appropriate sanctions to be undertaken against him.
PNP Health Service director Chief Supt. Robert G. Quenery witnessed the signing of the agreement in yesterday’s flag-raising ceremonies at Camp Crame.