By CRIS DIAZ
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The Senate approved, in third and final reading, the Rodriguez Bill converting the 600-bed Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) hospital to 1,200 bed.
The approved House Bill 7974 was intended to upgrade the health care services and facilities of NMMC “to conform with and be commensurate to the bed capacity increase.”
Deputy House Speaker Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, of Cagayan de Oro City, said on Thursday that HB 7974 also means more medical personnel, increase budget for personnel services, and maintenance and other operating expenses of the NMMC.
He said that the proposed measure directs the Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH) to coordinate with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Commission on Civil Services (CSC) in determining the additional plantilla positions.
Located in Cagayan de Oro City, the a state-owned NMMC hospital is the COVID 19 referral hospital in Northern Mindanao and the most advance public hospital in the region in terms of medical facilities and health personnel.
Rodriguez said NMMC caters to patients not only from Cagayan de Oro City but also region-wide.
“I am very thankful that the Senate approved my proposal. This will significantly help the NMMC to accommodate more patients, especially at this time of COVID-19 pandemic,” Rodriguez said.
The Rodriguez bill was transmitted to Malacañang for enactment as law by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Once President Duterte signs the approved bill into law, the NMMC budget of P 1.4 billion for 2022 would double to P2 billion in 2023.Six years ago, the NMMC increased its bed capacity from 300 to 600 beds through the efforts and the Republic Act 10677 authored by Rep Rodriguez.