Senator Christopher “Bong” Go thanked his fellow senators for supporting on second reading the 13 local hospital measures aimed at improving, developing, and establishing public hospitals in different parts of the country.
With the local hospital measures a step closer to being passed in the legislative branch, Go said that these could help address the present gaps and limitations of the country’s healthcare system especially in critical localities.
“Minsan po, 400% occupancy rate (ang isang ospital). Paano gagaling ang pasyente n’yan? Ang target nga natin hindi umabot sa 100% dahil kapag umabot sa 100%, bagsak ang healthcare system natin,” said Go.
Meanwhile, Go, who is chair of the Senate Committee on Health, explained that there were many factors that contributed to the time it took to finalize these bills prior to reaching the Senate plenary. Among these, according to Go, include the many Covid-19 cases recorded the past months including Senate employees and workers in various government agencies.
Senator Franklin Drilon earlier attempted to obstruct the legislative process on the bills by introducing legalisms that to the gullible appeared as if infringing on the Local Autonomy Code that devolved provincial and municipal hospitals to the local government units. The senator from Iloilo even asked why it took the bills some 15 months to reach the plenary.
Go however qualified that his committee had to make sure that complete documentary requirements are submitted in support of these bills before he could report them out to the plenary. The senator emphasized that he is simply fulfilling his duty as a Senator by following the right process and ensuring that legislative measures are properly studied and vetted.
“Sa totoo lang, marami rin naman akong mga nai-file na bills na hindi pa nga nadidinig ng ibang committees mula noong nagsimula ang 18th Congress hanggang sa ngayon. Pero kailangan kong respetuhin na diskresyon ‘yan ng Committee Chair. Alam ng mga mambabatas iyan,” he said.
Go, then, said that he will continue to dutifully perform his responsibilities as senator in fulfillment of his and President Rodrigo Duterte’s promise to provide the Filipino people the kind of service they deserve.
“Sa mahihirap po, ipaglalaban ko kayong lahat,” he ended.
These measures include bills increasing the bed capacity of Lying-in Clinic in Rizal Palawan; Naguilian District Hospital in Naguilian, La Union; Rosario District Hospital in Rosario, La Union; Sinait District Hospital in Sinait, Ilocos Sur; East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City; and the Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Medical Center in Misamis Occidental.
Other bills that passed second reading include measures establishing the Bacolod City General Hospital in Bacolod, Negros Occidental; Eastern Pangasinan Regional Medical and Trauma Center in Rosales, Pangasinan; Davao Occidental General Hospital in Malita, Davao Occidental; and the Neptali Gonzales Hospital in Mandaluyong City.
Bills converting the Medina Extension Hospital in Medina, Misamis Oriental into a general hospital; and the Schistosomiasis Control and Research Hospital into the Governor Benjamin T. Romualdez General Hospital also passed second reading.
Another bill increasing the bed capacity of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center in Tacloban City also hurdled the second reading in the Senate plenary.