Lawmaker wants to establish hospital facilities of the Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Visayas and Mindanao
A lawmaker has filed a measure that would ensure that a specialty hospital reaches the Visayas and Mindanao. It aims to serve children diagnosed with diseases in these areas that only a specialty hospital such as the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC in Manila can cater to. !ep. "es #atchalian (Party$list% Alay &uhay authored 'ouse &ill )% which proposes to enact laws that will esta*lish the PCMC in Visayas and Mindanao to address a decentrali+ation of the ,ational Capital !egion (,C!% so that those who may *e far from the metropolis can also share in the *enefits of ur*an cities of the country.In filing the measure% #atchalian cited the policy of the -tate which provides that the -tate shall adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development which shall endeavor to make essential goods% health and other social services availa*le to all the people at afforda*le cost.#atchalian said there shall *e priority for the needs of the under$privileged% sick% elderly% disa*led% women and children which the -tate shall endeavor to provide free medical care to paupers.According to #atchalian% since its hum*le *eginnings in /01% the PCMC has *een home to children with special medical concerns. It’s presence at the heart of Metro Manila has served a num*er of children diagnosed with diseases.#atchalan said the living presence of pu*lic hospitals and government controlled medical institutions have *een an assurance to the pu*lic especially to those who are less in life% that a medical hospital with 2ualified doctors and advance facilities are ready to aid their children.34espite it’s more than three decades of e5istence% PCMC remains to *e the only one among pu*lic institutions with such cali*er. 6he PCMC may have maintained its sterling reputation and outgrown its medical capacities *ut it has not physically reached yet the Visayas and Mindanao regions%7 #atchalian said.#atchalian stressed that the *ill will *e of vital necessity especially to Visayan and Mindanaoan constituents of the country who do not have the financial means to travel and consult with medical e5perts in Metro Manila.
NR # 3486JUNE 3, 2014