BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
A proposed bill of Third District Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez that seeks to increase the bed capacity of the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital (TLJPH) in Silay City, Negros Occidental, may soon become a law.
Benitez authored House Bill 10463 which increases the bed capacity of TLJPH from 100 to 300. He disclosed that the Senate adopted the bill before the 18th Congress adjourned.
“The bill now moves to Malacañang for the President’s signature, Benitez revealed during his State Of the District Address on Saturday, at the Magikland Event Center in Brgy. Guinhalaran, Silay City.
Under the proposed bill, the existing workforce, which includes doctors, nurses, and support personnel, will also be increased.
Benitez also said that upgrading TLJPH will enhance its capacity to address the healthcare needs of Negrenses.
According to HB10463, the Negros Occidental provincial government will provide the necessary funds to cover the maintenance and other operating expenses and also appropriate funds for the additional human resource complement to support the increase in bed capacity and the upgrading of its facilities and professional health care services .
Aside from improving the delivery of health services at the TLJPH, Benitez said they are also mobilizing resources to build or improve more barangay health centers.*