Lung Center of the Philippines

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Lung Center of the Philippines
Department of Health
Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP).svg
LocationQuezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
Hospital typeTertiary
Emergency department24-hour emergency department
Closed1998 (reopened in 1999)
ListsHospitals in Philippines

The Lung Center of the Philippines (LCP) is a government tertiary hospital specializing in the cure and prevention of lung and other chest diseases, located along Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. The center receives budgetary support for its operations from the national government.[1] It was constructed on public land donated by the National Housing Authority.[2]

The Lung Center has a hospital bed capacity of 210.[2]


It was established in January 16, 1981 by President Ferdinand Marcos under Presidential Decree No. 1823 as a non-profit non-stock corporation.[3] The building is identified with what is referred to as the Marcoses' "edifice complex,"[4][5] defined by architect Gerard Lico as "an obsession and compulsion to build edifices as a hallmark of greatness."[6]

The Lung Center was placed under the administration of the Ministry of Health (now Department of Health) by President Corazon Aquino on July 29, 1986, under Executive Order No. 34.[7] The purpose of its creation was to provide health care that specifically targets lung and pulmonary disease.

A fire on May 16, 1998, destroyed much of the LCP's build and equipment. The fire, which started on 2:20 a.m., claimed 11 lives with nine more missing.[8] Calixto Zaldivar, the director of the Lung Center of the Philippines, was indicted on October 19, 1999 for criminal negligence. He was accused of ignoring advice from fire inspectors to install safety equipment at the Lung Center.[9]

The Lung Center of the Philippines was reopened on March 1, 1999, and a new LCP building partly funded by its fire insurance is now under construction.[10]

The Lung Center runs one of three monitoring stations run under an air quality monitoring project in Metro Manila.[11]


  1. ^ "Philippine National Health Accounts 2005-2011" (PDF). National Statistical Coordination Board. October 2013. ISSN 1655-8936. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ a b "History". December 4, 2014. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  3. ^ P.D. No. 1823
  4. ^ "Masagana 99, Nutribun, and Imelda's 'edifice complex' of hospitals". GMA News Online. September 20, 2012. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  5. ^ Afinidad-Bernardo, By Deni Rose M. "Edifice complex | 31 years of amnesia". Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  6. ^ Villa, Kathleen de (September 16, 2017). "Imelda Marcos and her 'edifice complex'". Inquirer. Retrieved 2019-03-31.
  7. ^ E.O. No. 34
  8. ^ "Patients die in hospital fire". BBC News. 16 May 1998. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  9. ^ | Newsmakers | 10/29/99
  10. ^ "Executive Summary of the 1999 Annual Report on the Lung Center of the Philippines". Commission on Audit. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  11. ^ Chanco, Boo (March 25, 2019). "Air quality". Philstar. Retrieved 2019-03-31.

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Coordinates: 14°38′49″N 121°02′45″E / 14.6469°N 121.0459°E / 14.6469; 121.0459