BILL PUSHES CREATION OF CANCER CENTER
• October 21, 2014
• Written by Jester P. Manalastas
• Published in Top Stories
NOTING that cancer continues to be the leading cause of death among Filipinos, House independent Minority leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez underscored the need for the government to provide financial assistance to cancer patients.
Romualdez has filed House Bill 1225 aimed at establishing a Cancer Center that will basically provide financial help and other assistance to Filipinos suffering from cancer.
Romualdez stressed the importance to put in place cancer-control health care policies focused on strengthening the health systems to cope with projected increases in cancer prevention, detection, treatment and management needs.
Citing records, Romualdez said there are approximately 12.7 million afflicted with cancer of which 7.6 million have already died.
“My bill (HB 1225) intends to provide material and financial support towards the establishment and maintenance of a Cancer Center to benefit the people,” Romualdez said.
Romualdez’ bill has been referred to the House Committee on Government Reorganization together with other similar bills like HB No. 2057 of Pangasinan Rep. Georgina de Venecia; and HB No. 1782 filed by Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) party-list Reps. Mariano Michael Velarde, Jr., Lito Atienza, Jr., and Irwin Tieng.
Bataan Rep. Herminia Roman also filed HB No. 3765 seeking to establish a Cancer Treatment Center in every region in the country and appropriating funds therefore.
Likewise, Las Piñas City Rep. Mark A. Villar is proposing a National Cancer Institute of the Philippines, similar to that proposed under HB No. 2077 authored by de Venecia.
De Venecia is pushing for the creation of the National Cancer Institute of the Philippines, with regional centers, to provide centralized planning, programs and activities to arrest the increasing number of cancer victims in the country.
As contained in HB No. 2077, de Venecia noted that cancer is the third leading cause of death in the Philippines, outranked only by communicable and cardiovascular diseases.