The Kapangan Medicare Community Hospital (KMCH) was originally located at Labueg, Kapangan, Benguet. It started as the Kapangan Medical Aid Center way back in December 15, 1963. It was a joint project of several private organizations responding to the call of assistance for Medical Aid to Rural Indigent Areas (MARIA), a project of the Philippine Medical Association. These organizations were the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, the CARE, the Catholic Relief Service, the Far Eastern University Center Organizations, the Baguio-Mountain Medical Society, the United Drug Company, the Work-A-Year (WAY) and the Philippine Medical Association.
In April 27, 1977, an agreement of contract of lease was made between the Philippine Medical Care Commission, represented by its Chairman, Dr. Pacifico E. Marcos as the lessee and the Kapangan Medical Aid Center, Inc. represented by Dr. Jesus V. Tameses and Msgr. William Brasseur as the lessor. It became the Kapangan Community Hospital and Health Center (KCHHC).
It is now known as the Kapangan Community Medicare Hospital (KMCH) after it was authorized to change its name by the Philippine Medical Care Commission (PMCC) in its Memorandum Circular No. 201, s. 82, dated September 23, 1982.
Under Executive Order No. 119 dated January 30, 1987, the operation of medicare community hospitals of the PMCC was turned over to the Department of Health (DOH). Henceforth, in accordance with the Department Circular No. 65, s. 87, Kapangan Medicare Community Hospital (KMCH) was placed under the supervision and control of the Department of Health through the Integrated Provincial Health Office of Benguet Province. On January 1, 1988, all effective control and supervision were officially transferred to the Department of Health.
During the July 16, 1990 earthquake, the building which was leased by the Catholic Mission of Kapangan was extensively damaged. Necessary repairs could not be done since this was not a government property. A temporary relocation site was set up at Lomon, Kapangan until the construction of a new building at Central Kapangan was completed and inaugurated on May 30, 1992.
Republic Act 7160 known as the Local Government Code of 1991 which took effect on January 1, 1992 brought another change in the management of the hospital. One of the provisions of this law is the devolution of all hospitals, except for some selected medical centers to the local government unit particularly the province. A transition period was in effect for more than one year before its full implementation.
The change in policies and procedures brought about a lot of difficulties but eventually, adjustments were made. Kapangan Medicare Community Hospital (KMCH) was devolved to the Local Government of Benguet and is now under the supervision of the Provincial Governor.
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