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Free dialysis drive gets boost from more sectors, official
by Jane B. Cadalig with reports from Redjie Cawis and Pau Antonio

Policemen in the region joined the call for government to make dialysis free for every Filipino.

Officers and non-uniformed personnel (NUP) of the Police Regional Office-Cordillera supported the free dialysis campaign initiated by the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club.

A total of 216 police officers, from chief superintendents to police officers and NUPs signed the petition, which was submitted to the Public Information Office at City Hall.

The local government of Bokod, Benguet has also passed a resolution supporting the campaign. The resolution was submitted together with a copy of Bokod residents’ signatures.

The campaign also got a boost from lawmakers at the Lower House and the Senate.

Baguio City Rep. Mark Go filed House Bill 5503 or an act mandating one national government hospital in every province and/or region to establish a dialysis unit and providing free dialysis treatment to poor patients.

Go filed the bill to help the thousands of underprivileged citizens of Baguio and millions of Filipinos to cope   with their kidney illness.  

At the Senate, Sen. Sonny Angara filed Senate Bill 1329 where all national, regional, and provincial government hospitals are required to establish, operate, and maintain a dialysis ward or unit that will give free dialysis medical procedure to indigent patients.

Angara filed the measure noting that poor patients suffering from kidney ailment who are living in the provinces could not afford the expenses of traveling all the way to urban cities to seek dialysis treatment, and the high cost of the procedure itself which is needed on a regular and sustained basis.

Earlier this year, the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club Inc. (BCBC) led by then president Ramon Dacawi in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency-Cordillera launched a signature drive pushing for Congress to pass a law to make dialysis in government health facilities free to all patients who need it. 

Dacawi encouraged other government officials in the provincial, city, municipal and barangay levels not only in the Cordillera but in all parts of the country to also approve resolutions requesting the Office of the President, the Senate and House of Representatives, the Department of Health, PhilHealth, and other national government agencies to come up with a unified Free Dialysis Health Program for the country.

Baguio City councilors Edgar Avila and Peter Fianza authored a city council resolution supporting the cause. 

Recently, Presidential Communications Asec. Marie Banaag told members of the BCBC that their office will cooperate and readily assist to link the program to the national government.

She assured support from the Duterte administration as the President is very supportive of the cause for the marginalized and does not want the poor’s health needs being set aside.

Banaag said PCO has been continuously assisting and guiding patients, especially those from the underprivileged sector who are seeking financial or medical assistance.

She added the department is working with the Department of Health and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation through the funds for health.


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