Give best gift to children, Romualdez urges NHA
• December 10, 2014
• Written by Jester P. Manalastas
• Published in Top Stories
THE House independent minority bloc, led by Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, reiterated its call to the National Housing Authority (NHA) to donate its land to the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC).
And for this to happen, Romualdez said, President Benigno Aquino III should issue a presidential proclamation directing the NHA to donate the land to the PCMC.
Romualdez said that giving the land to the PCMC where it is situated is the best gift for children this Christmas.
House Resolution (HR) No. 301, authored by Romualdez and other lawmakers, urged members of both chambers of Congress to support the PCMC’s fight to retain the land being occupied by the children’s hospital. “We are determined to help PCMC, and I think with our collective effort the President will see through our best intentions for the health of our children, most especially the less fortunate,” Romualdez said.
According to Romualdez, there is no need for the Department of Health (DoH) to buy the land for the PCMC to retain its operation.
Under the measure, Romualdez said that the PCMC could construct, establish, operate and maintain facilities for the children’s welfare including a specialized hospital for children.
Romualdez said the PCMC could also extend pediatric services to the general public, help prevent, relieve, or alleviate the afflictions and maladies of children and youth especially the poor and less fortunate in life without regard to race, creed, color or political belief.
Davao City Rep. Isidro Ungab, Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations, said the House decided to provide the necessary funds for the purchase of the PCMC lot because the NHA, which owns the property, has been threatening to evict the hospital. “We can assure the hospital’s patients, their parents, staff, and other stakeholders that PCMC will stay put where it is, because we in the House give priority to our children’s and our people’s health,” Ungab said.
Other authors of the resolution are Camarines Sur Rep. Diosdado Arroyo, Buhay party-list Rep. Jose Atienza, Abakada Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz, La Union Rep. Victor Ortega, Cavite Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla, and Quezon Rep. Aleta Suarez.