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Counterpart of CamSur Rep. Bordado’s pet bill to be taken up by Senate

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Camarines Sur Rep. Gabriel Bordado Jr. said that the counterpart of his pet bill that seeks to increase bed capacity of the Bicol Medical Center will be taken up by the Senate.

The Senate Committee on Health and Demography and the Committee on Finance was supposed to tackle the counterpart of the House Bill 831 increasing the bed capacity of the Bicol Medical Center (BMC) from 500 beds to 1000 beds on February 4, but it was re-scheduled on February 6.

Bordado’s bill likewise seeks to upgrade BMC’s service facilities and professional health care services as well as authorizing the increase in its work force complement.

“I was informed by the Senate that the public hearing on the BMC would be postponed to February 6, 2020 because of the novel corona virus hearing,” he said.

Until the Constitution, bills of local application must originate from the House of Representatives.

Meanwhile, another bill of Bordado has hurdled a House committee level.

“After arguing with the representative of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), I managed to convince the Committee on Higher Education of the need to establish the TESDA TRAINING AND ACCREDITATION CENTER in Calabanga. I thanked REP. RUFUS RODRIGUEZ of Cagayan de Oro for moving for the approval of my bill, HB 5750,” he said.