President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has conferred the Order of Lapu Lapu to nine (9) personnel of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) who, despite facing possible harm during a fire at the hospital, opted to act in order to save as many patients as they could.

As a result, at least 16 newborn babies from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) were saved and some patients that require immediate medical attention were transferred to nearby hospitals.

In recognition of these extraordinary acts of service, President Duterte personally handed the Order of Lapu Lapu awards to 7 health workers and 2 safety officers of the PGH.


The awarding ceremony was held at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park in the City of Manila. Aside from the President and the awardees, present during the event were Senator Christopher Lawrence Bong Go, who recommended the granting of the awards to the PGH personnel, and PGH Director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi.

Senator Bong Go said he was prompted to ask President Duterte to confer the awards to the PGH personnel because of the dedication and utmost concern shown by the awardees to their patients. He added that the honors are well-deserved and granting the awards is but a rightful acknowledgement of the President’s appreciation for their service and sacrifice.

The Order of Lapu Lapu award was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 17, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on April 7, 2017. It was later amended by Executive Order No. 35, which was issued and signed on July 28, 2017. It is basically given to government officials and personnel as well as to private individuals who have done extraordinary acts of service or have made exceptional contributions to the success of the President’s campaign or advocacy.