House OKs on second reading bill seeking to expand operation of Mariveles Mental Hospital
Posted 5 years ago
By Charissa Luci-Atienza
The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill seeking to increase the bed capacity of the Mariveles Mental Hospital in Mariveles, Bataan to 700 beds and rename it as the “Mariveles Mental Wellness and General Hospital.”
House Bill 8449, principally authored by Bataan Rep. Jose Enrique Garcia, Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles and Compostella Valley Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora, also sought to upgrade the hospital services, including the operation of a Level 1 general ward with 100 bed capacity.
The bill provides that the bed capacity of the Mariveles Mental Wellness and General Hospital shall be increased from 500 beds to 700 beds.
“The increase in bed capacity and upgrading the services of the Mariveles Mental Wellness and General Hospital shall be implemented consistent with the five-year development plan to be implemented by the hospital,” according to the bill.
HB 8449 tasks the Secretary of Health to immediately include in the Department of Health’s programs the amount necessary for the expanded operation of the hospital. These include the acquisition of additional medical equipment and facilities, the construction of needed infrastructure, and the creation of additional medical personnel.
The funding for the expanded operation of the Mariveles Mental Wellness and General Hospital shall be included in the Annual General Appropriations Act (GAA).
Under the bill, the Department of Health (DOH) is mandated to issue the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed Act.