Local News: Forum on Gov’t Hospital ‘Privatization’ Today
There will be a public forum or consultation today August 2 at 2 PM at the President’s Hall of the University of Negros Occidental-Recolestos (UNO-R) in Bacolod.
It will take up House Bill 6069 otherwise known as "An act converting government hospitals into national government hospital corporations.
Victoria Orleans, media liaison officer of the Office of of Bacolod Lone District Congressman Doc Anthony Rolando Golez, said local officials, Department of Health and representatives of various groups and organizations were invited to the forum.
Golez is the proponent of HB 6069, Orleans said.
Cong. Doc Tony has taken the initiative of organizing today’s public discussion about the bill on hospital corporatization.
The attendees in the discussion include: DOH Undersecretary Ted Herbosa, Dr. Robert So of Philhealth. Ms. Maria Lourdes Sanchez of the Committee on Health of the House of Representatives, Ms. Sophia Flor Garduce and Frances Mae Ann Palatino of the Gabriela Party-List, Mr. Alejandro Deoma of the Bayan Muna Party-List, Atty. Tata Causing of the ALAM Party-List, and Dr. Fresco Yapendon of the Philippine Academy of Medical Specialists.
Cong. Doc Tony also sent invitations to the Alliance of Health Workers, Kabataan Party-List, Governor Alfredo Marañon, Bacolod City Officials, Negros Occidental Provincial Officials and Congressmen, and other concerned organizations.
"The misinformation about the proposal on corporatizing hospitals should be resolved for the sake of the universal health care program. Corporatizing hospitals is part of making health care more accessible and affordable for all Filipinos, especially the poor and underprivileged. There is nothing in the bill that I filed which will lead to the privatization of government hospitals. All I want is timely and free medical services for the poor. As a doctor and with the knowledge I received from my management training in the Ateneo and Harvard, I wholeheartedly believe that changing the structure of government hospitals into corporations will give the needed flexibility in management and cut the red tape in the delivery of health care services. I hope that through the discussion I organized, all parties will work on the idea that our country needs more responsive hospitals that will bring hope for a better Philippines and a better Bacolod," added Cong. Doc Tony.*
Meanwhile, the need for an overarching framework to govern our country’s use of land and natural resources has been long sought after.
In a press statement, Bacolod Cong. Golez, Jr. is a co-author on the bill entitled "An Act Instituting a National Land Use and Management Policy, Providing the Implementing Mechanisms Therefor, And For Other Purposes" or otherwise known as the "National Land Use Policy and Management Act (NLUMA)". Cong Doc Tony actively participates in campaigning for the passage of said bill in the soonest possible time. The bill will provide a holistic and rational approach in the development of Philippine resources. Cong. Doc Tony attended the Legislators’ Forum on the Bill for a National Land Use organized by the Special Committee on Land Use, which is chaired by Congressman Jeffrey P. Ferrer of the 4th District of Negros Occidental. The forum was held on July 31, 2012 at the Office of the Majority Leader in the House of Representatives and attended by several Congressmen. Cong. Ferrer is also a co-author of the proposed measure. The Campaign for Land Use Policy Now (CLUP Now!), a multi-sectoral network of twenty-nine (29) non-government organizations and people’s organizations pushing for the passage of the NLUMA also assisted in organizing said forum. Congreswoman Kaka Bag-ao of the Akbayan Party-List, Congressman Roy Loyola of the 5th District of Cavite, Congressman Rodolfo Biazon of Muntinlupa City, Congressman Rufus Rodriguez of the 2nd District of Cagayan De Oro City were among the other legislators who attended the said forum.
"It is about time that the country moves for convergence on the matter of policy making in the management of our resources.
The bill that I co-authored and an heavily supporting will promote proper and sustainable development of resources in the entire Philippine archipelago. When passed into law, local government units will have proper guidance in their efforts to development in their respective jurisdictions; this guidance will be formulated on the basis of a national policy that will look at resource management on a holistic approach.
This proposed law will pave the way for having a coordinated and strategic approach on whether land will be utilized for residential, agricultural, commercial, industrial, environmental conservation or for other uses.
A more productive and sustainable handling of resources will be promoted with the passage of the NLUMA. I also thank the people behind CLUP NOW! for their sincere efforts in helping the country have a law for national land use and management.
I hope that my colleagues will go for the jugular and pass the bill in the soonest possible time," stated Cong. Doc Tony. In the House of Representatives, the NLUMA bill is currently with the Committee on Appropriations. *