To be named after late daughter: Eddie Villanueva thanks House for approving construction of Bocaue hospital
By Billy Begas
The House of Representatives has approved a measure seeking to establish the first nationally funded hospital in Bulacan.
Voting 207 affirmative with no negative and abstention vote, House Bill 8606 was approved in Wednesday’s session.
The hospital, now being constructed in Bocaue, will be called the Joni Villanueva General Hospital.
Mayor Joni Villanueva is the daughter of Deputy Speaker and CIBAC Representative Bro. Eddie Villanueva, sister of Senator Joel Villanueva and wife of former CIBAC Rep. Sherwin Tugna.
Joni died last year while serving as mayor of Bocaue due to sepsis secondary to bacterial pneumonia.
Deputy Speaker Villanueva lauded the establishment of a Level 2 hospital in Bocaue, which will become the sixth nationally funded hospital in Central Luzon region.
“Ang ospital na ito ay katuparan ng matayog na pangarap ni Mayor Joni para sa lahat ng Bocaueño at Bulakenyo. Alam kong ito ay nagdudulot ngayon ng galak at tuwa hindi lamang sa kanya doon sa langit bagkus sa bawat Bocaueñong nagmamahal sa kanya,” said Deputy Speaker Villanueva.
The 100-bed capacity hospital will be equipped with standard hospital amenities including emergency rooms, operating room complex, isolation rooms, x-ray machines, and level 3 laboratory.
Villanueva said Mayor Joni donated her land where the hospital is being constructed and lobbied to the national government for the appropriations needed for its operations.
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