Bill to establish cancer institute
A lawmaker has filed a bill creating the National Cancer Institute of the Philippines,which will serve as a research depot relevant to malignant diseases and a network for regional treatment.Rep. Gustavo Tambunting (2
District, Parañaque City) is author of House Bill 181or the proposed National Cancer Institute Act of 2013 which seeks to centralize planning, programs and activities related to the prevention, screening, detection, diagnosis andtreatment of cancer.“The establishment of a network for regional treatment and research center isincluded to effectively realize the spirit of centralization,” Tambunting said.Citing recent studies, Tambunting said cancer claims one death of every two newcases each year, affects 189 persons per 100,000 Filipinos, and kills 103 Filipinos a day or four Filipinos per hour.“Cancer is the third leading cause of death in the country. This trend may continueunless organized and sustained specialized as well as preventive measures against cancer are not initiated at the soonest possible time,” Tambunting said.Under the measure, a National Cancer Advisory Board shall be created, composedof the Secretary of the Department of Health (DOH), the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through the Philippines Council for Health Research andDevelopment (PCHRD), and the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as
members of the board; and twelve scientists and physicians appointed by thePresident of the Philippines.The bill will create the National Cancer Institute (NCI) tasked to compile data,conduct and coordinate research, investigations, experiments, and studies relating to thecause, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.The measure will also establish the National Cancer Research Center in eachmetropolitan city in the country and one in the National Capital Region for clinicalresearch, training, and demonstration of advanced preventive, diagnostic, and treatmentmethods relating to cancer.The bill mandates the NCI to establish programs for diagnosis, prevention, andtreatment of cancer giving priority to financial subsidy to be given to indigent patients tocover the expenses of all necessary laboratory tests and other related examinations.
NR # 3209BAUG. 28, 2013