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Possibility of city-owned hospital mulled

The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod City approved a subsidiary motion authored by Councilor Renecito Novero requesting the City Mayor’s Office to study the possibility of building a city-owned public hospital using available funds during a virtual session Wednesday.

            Novero proposed the subsidiary motion in lieu of the resolution authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. that requested the CMO to study the possibility of building a Bacolod City- owned hospital using its available credit line in the bank.

            Gamboa pointed out that since the city has unused funds from the P1.7 billion loan it obtained from the bank for its flagship projects,  it should make use of that in establishing a city-owned hospital.

            The bank is giving priority to essential projects that include hospitals and other health-related projects, while coliseums and gyms are considered non-essential projects, he said.

            Novero said the proposed resolution of Gamboa may be pleasant to hear but using funds from the city’s credit line in the bank is dangerous.

            They cannot use funds in the bank that has been earmarked for other projects covered by contracts. So he presented a subsidiary motion which embodies the common sentiments of the members of the City Council who also want a city hospital using funds derived from other sources, he said.

            Only Councilor Dindo Ramos abstained, citing that Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya has a pending bill in the Senate seeking the establishment of the Bacolod City General Hospital, and Councilor Al Victor Espino has also authored an ordinance creating a primary healthcare facility in Bacolod City that was approved by the SP.

            Gamboa said he welcomes the correction if there are legal impediments to the use of funds from the city’s credit line in the bank. He said he hopes that the CMO or City Legal Office will review his proposal.*CGSamillano

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