VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental–The Committee on Health in the House of Representatives approved House Bill (HB) 3462 during a committee hearing last Monday (September 30).
HB 3462, authored by Misamis Oriental second district Rep. Juliette T. Uy, is a measure that seeks to establish a 25-bed hospital in the municipality of Villanueva, some 26 kilometers east of Cagayan de Oro City.
Uy said the Committee on Health has taken up, deliberated, and approved HB 3462 on September 30.
If enacted into law, she said it will establish the Northern Mindanao District Hospital of Villanueva, which will be under the supervision of the Department of Health (DOH).
In her explanatory note, Uy said the town of Villanueva is widely considered as the growing industrial hub in the province of Misamis Oriental.
Not only in Misamis Oriental, she pointed out, but even in Northern Mindanao as it has 16 medium to large scale industries.
With its growing local economy and the influx of industrial plants, Uy said there is a steady increase in the population of Villanueva.
“In line with this, there is a need to establish a hospital in the area to ensure that the population is given adequate health care in the quickest possible time especially during emergencies,” said the lady lawmaker adding, “this is essential considering that Villanueva is 26 kilometers away from Cagayan de Oro City where the nearest hospitals are located.”