Aklan 2nd District Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr. has sought the creation of the Western Aklan District Hospital to cater to the health service needs of his constituents.
The vice chairperson of the House Committee on Appropriations urged his colleagues to support the passage of his House Bill No. 6666 that seeks the establishment of a 50-bed capacity district hospital in the second district of Aklan, to be known as the “Western Aklan District Hospital.”
“Being established only in 2018, the second district has no permanent public service centers yet. It needs to be developed in order to cater to the need of its residents,” Haresco said.
The creation of Aklan’s second district was provided for by Republic Act No. 11077, which was signed by President Duterte on September 14, 2018. The law reapportions the province of Aklan into two legislative districts.
“Almost all of the services—hospitals, universities, judicial courts—are found in Kalibo (first district) and it is quite far for the residents of the second district,” Haresco, a member of the House Committee on Local Government, said.
He filed House Bill No. 6666 seeking the establishment of the Western Aklan District Hospital, which shall be under the supervision of the Department of Health (DOH).
The measure seeks to provide adequate health services for the nine municipalities in the second district, namely Buruanga, Ibajay, Lezo, Makato, Malay, Malian, Nabas, Numancia, and Tangalan.
“This is to fulfill the mandate of the 1987 Constitution under Article II, Section 15 which provides that the State shall protect and promote the right to health of the Filipino people, and instill consciousness among them,” Haresco said.
HB No. 6666 tasks the Secretary of Health and/or his duly authorised representative, in consultation and coordination with the concerned officials of the city government of Aklan, to formulate and promulgate the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed Act.
The measure mandates the DOH Secretary to include the amount necessary in the department’s budget for the construction and operationalization of the proposed district hospital, which shall be included in the General Appropriations Act (GAA).