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Creation of Philippine Teachers’ Hospital pushed
Lawmakers are confident that a measure establishing the Philippine TeachersHospital will be re-filed in the 16
Congress to provide comprehensive health careservices for the country’s teachers and their dependents.Reps. Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo (2
District, Camarines Sur) and GloriaMacapagal-Arroyo (2
District, Pampanga) authored House Bill 6491 in recognition of the important role of the teachers, who are considered as among the most reliable anddedicated public servants.“Under Article 218 of the Family Code, the school, its administrators and teachersshall have special parental authority and responsibility over each and every child under their supervision, instruction or custody,” Arroyo said.“Aside from their normal teaching duties, they are also being constantly called upon by officials of the local and national government to assist in various extra-curricular andcivil activities which contribute to the welfare of the community and the country, likegathering data for the National Statistics Office (NSO), even if it needs going to theremotest of places,” Arroyo added.Most notable is risking their lives in the performance of their specific duties duringelection related duties, he stressed.“They are our unsung heroes because despite the difficulties that confront their  profession, they have remained steadfast in molding the values and character of our youth,” Arroyo said.Arroyo cited a statistical report from the Department of Education (DepEd) statingthat the normal teacher-student ratio in the elementary and secondary levels are now at1:36 and 1:39, respectively.“As a result, our teachers are exposed to health risks, most common of which areailments coming from work-related pharyngitis, hypertension, anemia, and hyperacidity,among others,” Arroyo said.“There is a need for the State to provide health facilities that specifically cater to theneeds of teachers in view of the important role they play in educating our children and inthe nation’s progress,” Arroyo said.The measure, known as the Philippine Teachers’ Hospital Act, seeks theestablishment of the Philippine Teachers’ Hospital to be located in the National Capital
NR # 3095BMAY 6, 2013

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