Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said he is hoping that House Bill 6731, establishing a tertiary hospital to be known as the Bacolod City General Hospital, will be approved in the Senate within this year after the Department of Health (DOH) committed to fund its construction.
Gasataya said the DOH only requested the city to provide a donated lot where the hospital will be built since it has no funds for land.
They want the hospital established at the soonest possible time but it has to go through a processes and there will be a budget hearing in July. This cannot be implemented without being approved in the Senate, he said.
Gasataya said they worked for its approval in the House for almost a year. They hope the bill will be tackled by the Senate Committee on Health when they return in July after the State of the Nation Address, Gasataya said.
The DOH committed that it will fund the construction of the tertiary hospital and its equipment, as well as the initial support for the training of doctors and nurses, he said.
He requested the DOH to come up with a budget estimate and the plan. Unlike other bills, which have a provision for bed capacity, they will request the DOH to identify how many beds will the hospital need, Gasataya said.
Mayor Evelio Leonardia thanked Gasataya that the bill creating the Bacolod General Hospital was finally passed.
Leonardia said this is one of the campaign promises of the GrupoProgreso on the premise that they would prefer that the national government, which has more resources, spend for the construction of the hospital than for the local government to shoulder the expenses.
“Considering that it is about two years before this Congress will end and considering that the chairman of the Senate Committee on Health is Sen. Christopher Lawrence Go, whom we would like to believe will be favoring this bill, I would say that the chances of the hospital being realized before the end of Congress is very good,” he said.*
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