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TREAT COVID-19 PANDEMIC AS A MEDICAL ISSUE – PANGILINAN

On Jose Rizal’s 159th birthday, Senator Kiko Pangilinan said the country should approach the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic as a medical issue and fully implement the Universal Health Care (UHC) law. “The pandemic is principally a health problem and the solutions must be health-centric. Kung buhay pa si Dr. Jose Rizal ngayon, siguradong ganyan din ang […]

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11 SENATORS SIGN TOBACCO TAX HIKE COMMITTEE REPORT – ANGARA

A total of 11 senators have signed a committee report proposing an increase in excise taxes on tobacco products in a bid to reduce smoking among Filipinos and to generate additional funding for the government’s Universal Health Care (UHC) program. The proposal was contained in Committee Report No. 714 prepared by the Senate committee on […]

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DUTERTE ADMIN COMMITTED TO PROPER IMPLEMENTATION OF UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE ACT – NOGRALES

Limited financial resources should not be a hurdle to getting life-saving medical treatment, “medical treatment that is available… but inaccessible. Medical treatment that is available, but unaffordable. Medical treatment that is available, but beyond the reach of the ordinary Filipino family.” Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles made this assurance on Thursday as he reiterated the commitment […]

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INCREASE TOBACCO TAX TO CURB SMOKING, FUND GOV’T HEALTH PROGRAMS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing to increase the tobacco tax to P70 per pack in a bid to curb cigarette consumption among Filipinos and raise funds for government Universal Health Care (UHC) programs. In filing Senate Bill No. 2177 to amend the Tax Code and further hike the tobacco excise tax, Gatchalian expressed alarm that […]

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UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE BILL HURDLES SENATE-HOUSE RECONCILIATION – ANGARA

All Filipinos will get “bigger and better” PhilHealth benefits once the Universal Health Care (UHC) bill, which hurdled Senate-House reconciliation, becomes law, Senator Sonny Angara said. Angara, author of the measure, said UHC will channel more funds “to all aspects of public health” from free check-ups and medicines to improved hospitals all over the country. […]

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SENATE PASSES UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE BILL ON THIRD AND FINAL READING – HONTIVEROS

The Senate passed on third and final reading the landmark Universal Health Care Bill (UHC) which seeks to grant all Filipinos equal access to quality and affordable health services. Senate Bill 1896, or the Universal Health care for all Filipinos Act, was approved with a 14-0 vote with no abstention. The proposed measure seeks to […]