In 1946, Iloilo Provincial Hospital was established to service the tertiary health needs of Iloilo Province.

Over the years the Hospital evolved from offering basic health services in the four fundamental disciplines of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, OB-Gynecology, and Anesthesia, into the subspecialty components of these departments.

In 1971 the Department of Surgery was established as pioneered by Dr. Romeo Vargas and Dr. Juana Jardiolin.  Five years later in 1976, the Training Program was started with Dr. Nestor Belmonte as the Chairman.  Ten years later in 1986, the Training Program in General Surgery was accredited by the Philippine College of Surgeons. Dr. Romeo Vargas was the first Chairman and Dr. Gallileo Pabalinas as the Training Officer.

The graduates of the Training Program served in various capacities mostly within the Province of Iloilo, some of whom became Chief of District Hospitals.

The following three decades saw the development and expansion of the specialty services in Urology, Pediatric Surgery, Thoraco-vascular Surgery, Neurosurgery, Burn and Plastic Surgery, Colo-rectal Surgery, and Hepato- Biliary- Pancreatic  Surgery.

In 2014, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Davao Doctors’ Hospital and Western Visayas Medical Center for a Consortium in the Neurosurgery Training Program.

The Iloilo Doctors’ Hospital- Iloilo Mission Hospital Consortium, for some period of time, were also sending their residents on rotation in the Department for their trauma cases.  Currently, there are agreements to this effect also with St. Paul’s Hospital and The Medical City.

Minimally Invasive surgery is also being developed along with Neuro-endovascular surgery and open-heart surgery in partnership with the Heart Institute.

To date, the Department is under the able hands of ten General Surgeons, three Urologists, Two Colo-rectal surgeons, two pediatric surgeons, four Thoraco-vascular surgeons, one Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon, one Hepat0-biliary surgeon, and three Neuro-surgeons.



“To be the leading center in Western Visayas for quality surgical care, training, research, and innovation.”


“To provide quality and comprehensive surgical services at the Western Visayas region;  to train and develop certified surgeons; to produce quality and relevant research work; and to initiate and pursue innovative surgical care.”









A. Charity Patients ( No out-of-pocket charges; PHIC and MALASAKIT covered )

a.1 General Surgery

  1. Trauma
  2. Breast
  3. Thyroid
  4. Soft Tissue neoplasms and infections
  5. Gastro-intestinal diseases
  6. Oral cavity-esophageal diseases
  7. Hernia
  8. Burns and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery
  9. Vascular access
  10. Minimal-access surgery
  11. Pediatric Surgery
  12. Trauma
  13. Congenital anomalies

a.2 Pediatric neoplastic diseases

  1. Hernia and abdominal wall defects
  2. Pediatric gastro-intestinal diseases
  3. Vascular access
  4. Minimal-access surgery
  5. Burns / plastic-reconstructive surgery

a.3 Urology

  1. Prostate diseases
  2. Urinary stones
  3. Congenital anomalies
  4. Urologic infectious diseases
  5. Urologic neoplastic diseases
  6. Minimal-access surgery

a.4 Cardiac-Thoraco-vascular

  1. Congenital anomalies
  2. Trauma
  3. Thoraco-vascular infectious diseases
  4. Coronary heart/ central-peripheral vascular diseases
  5. Thoraco-vascular neoplastic diseases
  6. Correction of dysrhythmic disorders
  7. Vascular access
  8. Extracerebral aneurysms

a.3 Neurosurgery

  1. Trauma
  2. Neurosurgical Neoplasms
  3. Cerebral vascular diseases
  4. Congenital anomalies
  5. Neurosurgical infections
  6. Spine surgery
  7. Neuro-endovascular procedures


B. Note: Paying patients can avail of the same services with PHIC and RUV-approximate professional fees



A. Calendared

  1.  Pre-op/post-op Conference                                      Monday pm
  2. Morbidity-Mortality Conference                                  First Saturday monthly am
  3. Tumor Board Conference                                          First Thursday of the quarter pm
  4. Journal Club                                                            First Friday  monthly pm
  5. On-duty endorsement                                              Daily at 7 am
  6. Didactics                                                                 Fridays every three weeks 4 pm
  7. Screening of Applicants for training                           October and November annually
  8. Training Committee Meeting                                     Bi-annual first Friday 6 pm January and July
  9. Oral Examination                                                     Second Saturday of December
  10. Written Examination                                                Second Wednesday of May and October
  11. MDT                                                                       First and Third Saturday of the month 7 pm


B. Scheduled

  1.  Presentation of Research Proposals
  2. Research Paper Presentation
  3. Research Workshop
  4. Knot-tying and suturing work-shop
  5. PSGS Surgical Forum
  6. PCS Mid and Annual Conventions
  7. Inter-hospital Grandrounds
  8. CERES Exam
  9. PBS exam
  10. Annual Strategic Meeting



The details of the Training Program in General Surgery are described in two documents published by the Philippine Society of General Surgeons, Inc:


  1. STANDARDIZED CURRICULUM ( Outcome Based Education ) in GENERAL SURGERY 2017