Fabian bill on ZCMC gets Senate committee nod PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 16:34

The Senate Committee on Health and Demography chaired by Sen. Pia Cayetano has passed House Bill no. 425, principally authored by City 2nd District Rep. Erbie A. Fabian last Thursday at the committee level for report out in the Senate’s plenary session this week.

House Bill 425 seeks to increase the current bed capacity of the Zamboanga City Medical Center from 250 to double the size of 500.

The counterpart bill in the Senate was authored by Sen. Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla Jr. and was referred to the Senate committee chaired by Sen. Cayetano where it underwent lengthy deliberations before it was approved last Thursday.

ZCMC Chief of Clinics Dr. Romeo Ong who attended the Senate committee hearings last Thursday said the bill went through without any interposed objections prompting the Cayetano committee to send the committee report to the upper house plenary for second reading this week.

Rep. Fabian expressed high hopes the Senate can still muster efforts to have his bill approved before it ends sessions.

He said the bill, if passed into law will address the acute backlog in the city medical center and provide it with the necessary logistics to meet present and future demands for health and hospital care services by the people.

A major advocate of better health services, the solon, a nurse by profession has labored hard in seeking the passage of his bill to improve conditions in the Zamboanga City Medical Center and bring it up to par with present conditions and demands.

The Fabian bill, if passed into law this 15thCongress is seen as a vital component in the city run hospital in upgrading its facilities to meet the increasing demand for hospital and health care by mostly indigent patients of the city and the nearby provinces.

In earlier interviews, Dr. Romeo Ong said at present the hospital is barely coping with the demand for hospital services as more and more people are availing of the socialized cost of hospital services offered by the Zamboanga City Medical Center.

Of late the hospital has been getting better and newer facilities by way of new buildings and medical equipment as it seeks to expand its medical services offered here.

City government officials have made available funds for the procurement of these medical equipment and the construction of new medical wings for the hospital which was started as the Zamboanga General Hospital way back in 1918.

It has since graduated into the City Training Hospital until it became the City Medical Center On March 24, 1992, through the Republic Act No. 7270, the hospital was converted to Zamboanga City Medical Center, upgrading it from 200 to 250 bed capacity hospital, until the Fabian bill prospered and now is on the brink of getting passed into law.

Once approved on second reading in the Senate plenary, the bill moves towards being institutionalized into law by the third reading and the signing of the president of the bill into law.

The 15thCongress winds up its affairs this month after which it formally ends sessions prior to the May 2013 polls.