Solon lashes out at Drilon for delaying passage of BGH renationalization bill: ‘Naririnig mo ba kami?’

Benguet legislative caretaker and party-list Rep. Eric Yap lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon for impeding the passage of the Benguet General Hospital Re-nationalization Bill.

Yap was reacting to Drilon’s way of blocking the passage of House Bill 6849 and other local health bills which the Lower House member said would help to further improve the government’s health services.

He urged Drilon to listen to the people and see their plight, especially at this time when the country continues to fight the health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Senator Drilon, I would like to invite you here in Benguet. You are welcome to see what I am talking about. Leave the comforts of your home and help us. If you can’t find any reason in your books to support this bill, I pray that God will help you find a reason in your conscience and in your heart to make take this humanitarian step,” Yap said.

“It is very disappointing and heartbreaking. I went to Benguet General Hospital this morning for a test and our healthcare workers were asking me. Cong, paano na? May pag-asa pa ba? Hindi ba nila tayo nakikita? Halos madurog ang puso ko sa narinig ko,” Yap said while quoting some of the healthcare workers of BGH.

On Thursday, Senator Bong Go, chairman of the Senate committee on health, sponsored local bills seeking the renationalization and expansion of public hospitals, which the funding will be shouldered by the national government. And among those hospitals being pushed to be renationalized is the BGH.

The sponsorship did not go well as Drilon raised several issues.

One of the issues being raised is that the health service delivery is a devolved function and that the approval of HBN 6849 would add a financial burden to the national government instead of the local government carrying the load.

Yap said the senator must look at the bill as something that would not only benefit Benguet but neighboring towns from the Cordillera province.

“This bill will not only benefit Benguet, but also our neighbors in the Cordillera. We have been deprived far too long, we do not have local income like other provinces and big cities and we may not see another chance like this again to fix the system. Yung subsidy ng probinsya sa hospital, mas magagamit sana namin sa pagpapagawa ng mga bagong kalsada para mapadali ang biyahe ng mga gulay namin papunta sa trading centers at tataas ang kita ng mga magsasaka. There will be a domino effect. But right now, we are at the mercy of few people,” the legislator added.

Senate suspended the consideration of the measure in question on Thursday and is expected to resume deliberations of the local hospital bills on Tuesday.

Go is expected to sponsor HBN 6849 again next week.

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