A new district hospital in Orani, Bataan has been named after the late congressman Antonino “Tony” P. Roman, who served as the representative of the province’s first district from 2007 to 2016.
The Antonino P. Roman Memorial Hospital is the result of a bill authored by his daughter, Rep. Geraldine Roman, who succeeded him in Congress. The bill was signed into law as Republic Act No. 11888 in 2019 and is now being implemented by the provincial government of Bataan led by Gov. Joet Garcia.
In her Facebook post on Sunday, Congresswoman Roman said that the hospital has a deep significance not only as a tribute to her father but also as a symbol of genuine care for the Bataeños. She vowed to continue pushing for accessible and quality health services for all.
The hospital is part of the Universal Health Care (UHC) program of the national government, which aims to provide health coverage and benefits to all Filipinos. Rep. Roman said that health is wealth and that she is proud to be a national legislator who advocates for the welfare of her constituents.
Rep. Roman is the first transgender woman elected to the Philippine Congress and is known for her advocacy on gender equality, human rights and environmental protection. (MHIKE CIGARAL)