BARMM legislators propose to build more hospitals in Maguindanao
May 25, 2023

COTABATO CITY – Three hospital bills that seek to establish general hospitals in the municipalities of Talayan, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, and Guindulungan in Maguindanao del Sur were filed by Bangsamoro legislators.

Since the opening of the second regular session last week, six hospital bills have been filed in plenary.

The three bills were filed by Members of the Parliament Tawakal Midtimbang, Mudjib Abu, Bassir Utto, Suwaib Oranon, Kellie Antao, Baileng Mantawil, Michael Midtimbang, Eddie Alih, and doctors Hashemi Dilangalen and Kadil Sinolinding Jr.

BTA Bill Nos. 156, 157, and 158 seek to establish a 50-bed level 1 general hospital known as Talayan, Datu Anggal, and Guindulungan Municipal Hospital, respectively.

The authors reiterated that the Bangsamoro Government aims to provide comprehensive and integrated health service delivery for its constituents as well as establish a general hospital system.

Providing “prompt intervention with excellent and affordable medical services” will “serve the health requirements of the people and ensure that the individual’s basic right to life will be attainable,” the authors said.

Moreover, the BARMM Government, according to the Bangsamoro Organic Law, will protect the interests and promote the well-being and medical needs of the Bangsamoro people to adequately respond to emergencies, disasters, and emerging diseases.

All necessary and applicable provisions under Republic Act No. 11223 or the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act must be integrated into the hospital’s operational system.

Once enacted, the hospitals will be administered by the health minister, who will be responsible for determining and approving the appropriate organizational structure for the management and operations of the three hospitals.

While the amount necessary to carry out the proposed measures’ implementation, maintenance, and operation shall be included in the Bangsamoro Appropriations Act and other pertinent laws. (LTAIS-Public Information, Publication, and Media Relations Division)

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