COTABATO CITY – Bangsamoro legislators have filed a bill to increase the workforce of Dr. Serapio B. Montaner Jr., Al-Haj Memorial Hospital (DSBMMH) in Malabang, Lanao del Sur, to improve healthcare services in the region.
The authors of the BTA Bill No. 189 emphasized the importance of having advanced medical equipment and highly skilled personnel to deliver quality and enhanced healthcare services. They highlighted the need for expert handling of complex diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, as well as efficient delivery of medical attention to patients in need.
“Increasing human resources and hospital logistics will further enhance the delivery of improved health services, aiming to achieve quality healthcare for all in Lanao del Sur and nearby provinces,” stated the lawmakers in their explanatory note.
Under Republic Act No. 11870, the government-run DSBMMH was upgraded from a level 1, 25-bed capacity facility to a level II hospital with an authorized bed capacity of 100 on June 29, 2022.
With the highest number of patients served among the five government-run hospitals in Lanao del Sur, the hospital has been serving a population of 1.2 million people.
Despite its significant role in providing healthcare services, the hospital has faced challenges due to limited resources. The hospital’s bed occupancy rate has consistently been around 300–400% in the last three years, highlighting the urgent need for increased funding and support.
To address these issues, Members of Parliament Dr. Kadil Sinolinding, Bangsamoro Speaker Atty. Pangalian Balindong, Dr. Hashemi Dilangalen, Eddie Alih, Atty. Rasul Mitmug, and Atty. Paisalin Tago have proposed the bill to upgrade the hospital’s manpower.
They believe that this measure will bring about more responsibilities, accountabilities, and resource mobilization, including financial and infrastructure support, as promised by the national government.
The proposed measure mandates an increase in the existing manpower of DSBMMH, following the guidelines and standards set by the Department of Health and the Department of Budget and Management. The decision will be attested to and concurred in by the BARMM’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and will be subject to existing laws, rules, and regulations.
In addition, the bill outlines that the hiring of personnel for the newly created positions will be conducted in phases until the manpower requirement is fulfilled.
The bill also stipulates that the DSBMMH will be under the supervision and control of the MOH, granting the ministry the power to approve hospital plans, programs, and activities for effective management and operation.
MPs Ali Montaha Babao, Khalid Hadji Abdullah, Said Sheik, Amroussi Macatanong, Marjanie Macasalong, Abdullah Macapaar, Mosber Alauddin, Albakil Jikiri, Nurredha Misuari, Mohammad Kelie Antao, Froilyn Mendoza, Diamila Ramos, Abdulwahab Pak, and Atty. Jose Lorena are co-authors of the bill.(LTAIS-Public Information, Publication, and Media Relations Division)