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P1B fund for poor with cancer sought

  • Written by Bernadette E. Tamayo
  • Published in Nation
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SENATOR Grace Poe is seeking the establishment of a P1-billion assistance fund for poor cancer patients.

Poe filed Senate Bill 874 or “An Act to Assist Indigent Cancer Patients and their Families” which aims to create a P1 billion seed fund for the government's medicine and treatment assistance program for cancer victims.
   
“Napakahirap na sakit ng kanser dahil hindi lamang ang mismong maysakit ang apektado nito, kundi ang buong pamilya,” said Poe.
   
“Let’s give the poor an opportunity to fight. Huwag natin silang pabayaan,” she said.
   
Cancer remains one of the top causes of death and sickness in the country, she said.
   
A study conducted by the University of the Philippines' Institute of Human Genetics, National Institute of Health showed that 189 per 100,000 Filipinos are afflicted with cancer, killing four Filipinos every hour or 103 cancer patients every day.
   
“We want to ensure organized and sustained specialized care and preventive measures against cancer which has afflicted thousands of poor Filipinos,” said Poe.
   
She urged the government to implement a system of providing premium care and assistance to indigent cancer patients and their families.
   
Under SBN 874, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will administer the cancer assistance fund, assisted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), in consultation with the private sector.
   
“Sa panahon ng pagsubok at kagipitan dahil sa pagkakasakit, malayo ang nararating ng bawat tulong. Sa pamamagitan ng Cancer Assistance Fund, nais nating ipadama sa ating mga kababayan na may pakialam ang pamahalaan sa kanilang paghihirap,” she said.