A Facebook (FB) page misleadingly claims the modernization of the Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital (DJFMH) was an initiative of the administration of outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte.

On June 9, a post appeared with a graphic comparing the old hospital grounds and the newly constructed medical facility of the DJFMH. 

A part of the caption read: “Isa sa pangunahing pangangailangan sa Metro Manila ay ang paanakan. Batid ito ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte kayat (sic) walang news report, pinagawa niyang gusali ay makabago at maraming silid upang makayanan ang dami ng nanganganak (One of the primary needs in Metro Manila is a maternity hospital. President Duterte is aware of this that’s why, without publicity, he initiated the construction of the facility which is modern and has many rooms to support a huge number of pregnancies).”

This claim is misleading. Planning and funding for the modernization of the national maternity hospital were already in motion under the term of the late former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III. The Tri-Medical Complex Modernization Project through the Public-Private Partnership Program included the DJFMH in its modernization plan.

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