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- VOL.XXXlll. NO.116:;3 sfCTlONs1 PACEs. Pr8. MONDAYJUNE 10, 2019 '

Romuald ezseek ffeation

of cancer hospital forpoor
By Rio N. Araja pital to eke care of cancer paiients.
Rementrer that cancer is th€ third
leading ca*se oldealh in the country""
EYTE Rep.-eleet Ferdinand Martin Romualdez is tbe Leyte larvmaker said.
pushing for the creation of a government-owfied He Said an initial Pl billion fund un-
cancer specialty hospital for cancer pa-tien\S, der the national budget to.start build-
ing the cancer specialty hospital.
especially the poor. According to Romualdez. he origi-
nally initiated the proposal in the 16th
Following the passage of the Nati0nal "The creation of the specialty cancer Congress where served as the House
Integrated Cancer Control Act or Re- hospital will be included in my legisla- independent bloc leader
public Act 11225 totrrrd the creation tive agenda as 'malasakit' (compassion) A similar bill was refiled this lTth
ofiancer specialty hospitals and clinics to all cancer patients. \Ve need a gov- Congress by his wife, Incumbent
by the private sector, he said he saw the ernment-funded hospilal for the poor Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez.
need to put up a public hospital for can- cancer patients;' he noted. "Cancer rates are expected to in-
cer patients to ensure a comprehensive The proposal would complemerit the crease with aging' of populations
high-quality cancer care selvices at an Cancer Control Act that President Rod- and changes in lifestyles associ-
affordable price. rigo Duterte signed last February de- ated with economic development,"
. Romualdez, Philippine Constitution signed to institutionalize a national in- Romualdez said..
Association and Lakas-Christian Muslim tegrated progmm to fight cancer cases "My proposal intends to provide
Democrats president, is a leading con- .and improve cancer survivorship. financial support toward the estab-
tender in the House speakership race, "We have to complement the newly lishment and maintenance of a cancer
He said the hospital shall be called the signed law on battling cancer by build- center for the welfare and benefit of
Philippine National Cancer Center. ing a cancer specialty government hos- the Filipino people," he said.

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