The House of Representatives approved yesterday on third and final reading House Bill No. 8835that increases the bed capacity of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City from 400 to 1,000, and allocating additional funds for this purpose.
Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, the principal author of the measure, yesterday thanked the House of Representatives for approving the bill that he authored together with Reps. Leo Rafael Cueva, Jose Sy Alvarado, Alejandro Mirasol, Jocelyn Limkaichong, Mercedes Alvarez, ArnolfoTeves, Melecio Yap Jr., Manuel Sagarbarria, and Juliet Marie Ferrer, all of Negros, to address the health needs of the people of Bacolod and the province.
He said the bill was passed unanimously with 186 in favor, with no negative votes or abstentions
Gatasaya said this will result in additional facilities, doctors, nurses, buildings, equipments, medicine, as well asadditional funds to improve the services of the hospital and cater to more patients.
Most of the patients being treated at the CLMMRH are from Bacolod City, he said, adding that he was also born at the CLMMRH.
Gasataya said that after the approval of the bill in the Lower House, it will be forwarded to the Committee on Health in the Senate. He already talked to Senator Joseph Victo rEjercito who signified that they will support it, he said.
He filed the bill in July 2018 after discussing the matter with CLMMRH Chief of Hospital Dr. Julius Drilon for several months, he said.
Gasataya said that since 1995 when Mayor Evelio Leonardia won as mayor, they had been augmenting the personnel needs of CLMMRH after the mayor commissioned a study that showed majority of its patients are from Bacolod, followed by those coming from the 32 towns and cities of Negros Occidental.
Health and education are two of the priorities of Gasataya and are also included in the social services improvement thrust of Grupo Progreso, he added.*
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