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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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HOUSE RATIFIES BILL ON HIGHER SIN TAXES

The House of Representatives has ratified the bicameral conference committee report on a bill seeking to raise the excise tax rates on alcohol products as well as heated tobacco and vapor products in the country. The proposal seeks to amend the Republic Act No. 8424 or the “National Internal Revenue Code of 1997.” This is […]

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MALASAKIT CENTER BILL TO COMPLIMENT UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE LAW – GO

A bill seeking to establish Malasakit Centers in all Department of Health hospitals — an act proposed by Senator Bong Go — has received support from his fellow senators during the Senate regular session recently. Manifesting their support for Go’s Malasakit Center bill were Senators Cynthia Villar, Manny Pacquiao, Win Gatchalian, Sonny Angara, Bong Revilla, […]

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INCREASED FUNDING FOR UHC IMPLEMENTATION NEEDED– GO

The Department of Health’s (DOH) proposed P160.15 billion budget for 2020 was approved on committee level during a Senate public hearing presided by Senator Bong Go, chair of the Subcommittee F of the Senate Committee on Finance. During the hearing, Go expressed his full support for the DOH. However, the legislator also raised concerns regarding […]

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PASS BILL INCREASING TAX ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS – GATCHALIAN

Senator Win Gatchalian is pushing for the passage of a bill seeking to increase excise taxes on tobacco products within the remaining nine session days of the current 17th Congress. In a press conference, Gatchalian said the “best opportunity” to pass the proposed tobacco tax increase is during the last session days before the 17th […]

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INCREASE BED CAPACITY IN GOV’T HOSPITALS – ANGARA

Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara stressed the need to upgrade the facilities and increase the bed capacity of government-run hospitals under the Department of Health (DOH) in anticipation of the influx of patients due to the impending implementation of the landmark universal health care (UHC) law. “To accommodate more patients, government hospitals would need additional beds […]

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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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UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE LAW IS A STEP TOWARDS BUILDING A HEALTHIER PH – ANGARA

Reelectionist Senator Sonny Angara hailed the enactment of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act as an important step towards building a healthier Philippines where people have access to quality health services without exposing them to financial hardship. “Every Filipino is now assured of access to good quality preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services […]

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DOUBLE EFFORTS TO ENSURE INCLUSION OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES IN UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE LAW– PANGANIBAN

With the passage of the Universal Health Care law, a solon representing indigenous peoples (IPs) has called for “doubled efforts” to ensure the inclusion of IPs in the landmark measure. “I hope we double our efforts to make sure IPs benefit from this law,” said ANAC-IP Rep. Jose Panganiban, Jr., one of the principal authors […]

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UNIVERSAL HEALTH CARE TO ‘GREATLY BENEFIT’ FARMERS, FISHERFOLK –AGRI PARTY LIST

The AGRI Party-list has lauded the passage of the Universal Health Care Act, saying the law would greatly benefit marginalized sectors like farmers and fisherfolk. The law which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, automatically enrolls all Filipinos in the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP). It also expands PhilHealth coverage, which will now […]