House approves ZCSPC, ZCMC, Labuan bills Print
Monday, 18 December 2017 17:48

By DEXTER YAP

The House of Representatives on Monday, December 11 passed on third and final reading HB No. 6741 converting the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College into a state university; HB 6742 increasing the bed capacity of Zamboanga City Medical Center from five hundred (500) to eight hundred (800); and HB No. 6740 converting the Labuan Public Hospital, in Zamboanga City, into a Level II General Hospital. These bills were immediately transmitted to Senate and were received by the Senate on December 12.

Cong. Lobregat expressed his gratitude to House Speaker Pantaleon Bebot Alvarez and to the Committee on Rules chaired by Majority Leader Rodolfo FariƱas and Senior Deputy Majority Leader Rimpy Bondoc for prioritizing and expediting the passage of these bills.

Cong. Lobregat said that HB 6741 which seeks the conversion of the Zamboanga City State Polytechnic College to a University, is the response of Zamboanga City as a center of education, trade and industry in Zamboanga Peninsula and the entirety of Southern Philippines to the ever-growing demand for quality technology education and strong technological researches. It will provide more opportunities for the people of the region to avail higher technology education.

On the other hand, the other two house bills approved on third and final reading both seek to provide for additional bed capacity at ZCMC and LPH.

Lobregat added that during the joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives for the extension of Martial Law in Mindanao last Wednesday December 13, he was able to talk personally to Senator Chiz Escudero, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Higher Education concerning the ZCSPC Bill and Senator JV Ejercito, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health concerning the ZCMC and Labuan Public Hospital Bills. Both senators gave a positive response to Congressman Lobregat.

With the passage of these bills in the House and the transmittal to the Senate, we see a very very good chance that these bills would be enacted into law in 2018. (Dexter Yap)