Fabian optimistic on passage of Pasonanca Watershed Bill PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 June 2012 14:31

Now that the Corona impeachment is over, the Senate is fast tracking the review and possible passage of local bills pending in the upper house.

District 2 Rep. Erbie A. Fabian expressed high hopes two bills already in the senate have greater chance of passage into law.

Fabian said he is especially positive on the Pasonanca Watershed bill now pending with the senate committee on Natural Resources.
He said Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero recently informed him the bill is now in the final stages of review at his committee.

House bill no. 422 which seeks the creation of a Pasonanca watershed reserve is specifically aimed at providing ample protection to the city’s vast
watershed area, one of only three remaining throughout the country.

It has mustered passage in the house early this year and was sent to the senate for review.

Once the upper house passes the Fabian Pasonanca bill, it will await Malacanang’s approval and finally becomes a law.

Fabian’s other house approved bill HB number 425 is now also with the Senate committee on health chaired by Senator Pia Cayetano, a party mate of the congressman.

The Fabian bill seeks the expansion or elevation of the Zamboanga City Medical Center from its current 250 bed capacity to double that at 500.

Cong. Fabian, a staunch health advocate and a nurse by profession, said this bill is long overdue as the state run hospital is presently overburdened by a deluge of patients needing medical assistance.

Most are poor folk who hardly can afford medical care and need assistance badly from the state.

The Zamboanga City Medical Center is in dire need of more facilities, medical supplies, medicines and trained medical/nursing staff to cater to the patients.

Fabian added that the Corona impeachment caught both of his bills in the process of deliberation and passage midway forcing the senators to shelve hearings on the bill earlier.

With open communication lines to both Senators Escudero and Cayetano, the solon thinks there is a good chance one or both can muster passage.

Both houses of congress went into recess this week and will resume July providing ample time for the bills to get process, Rep. Fabian added.