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Two dozen public health/welfare-related bills await Senate OK


Without the luxury of time, members of the House of Representatives of the 16th Congress are pinning their hope on their colleagues in the Senate for the passage of some 24 measures promoting public health and welfare.

As of February 4, 2016, congressional records would show that, excluding socio-economic, political and other concerns, there are some 24 public health and welfare related bills that were passed by the bigger chamber and now pending in the Senate.

The following House-approved bills include those passed during the First, Second and the current Third Regular Sessions of Congress:

1) HB 398 - Mandatory Pregnancy Testing of All Women of Childbearing Age Who Will Undergo Cosmetic Surgery (Rep. Susan Yap);
2) HB 1617 - Establishing the Mercury Exposure Information Program (Reps. Rufus Rodriguez & Maximo Rodriguez, Jr.);
3) HB 3727 - Requiring Healthcare Facilities to provide a Price List of its Healthcare Services including incidental expenses and Medical supplies that can be charged in the Medical bill (Rep. Roman Romulo);
4) HB 3728 - Mandating Ocular Prophylaxis on Newborns (Rep. Philip Pichay);
5) HB 4000 - Strengthening the Regulation of Health Facilities and Services in the Philippines (Rep. JC Rahman Nava, M.D,);
6) HB 2384 - Amending the Family Health Code of the Philippines (Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia);
7) HB 2072 - Declaring Malunggay (Moringa) as 'The National Vegetable of the Philippines' and The Month of November of every year as 'The National Malunggay Month.' (Rep. Gina P. de Venecia);
8) HB 4558 - Establishing Special Education (SPED) Centers for Children with Special Needs in all Public Schools Divisions, providing for Standards and Guidelines (Reps. Linabelle Ruth Villarica, Rodolfo Biazon, and Lani Mercado-Revilla, et al);
9) HB 4577 - Institutionalizing a Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Care System, providing for the establishment, supervision and regulation of the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Profession, providing penalties therefor ( Reps, Susan Yap and Lani Mercado-Revilla);
10) HB 5018 - Requiring Government agencies to indicate the Blood Type of individuals in the Identification Cards, Certificates and Licenses (Reps. Susan Yap, Majority Leader Neptali Gonzales II, Juan Johnny R. Revilla, et al);
11) HB 5067 - Prohibiting the collection of fees from passengers for the use of sanitary facilities in the Land Transport terminals, stations, stops and rest areas (Rep. Maximo Dalog);
12) HB 5087 - Regulating the importation, manufacture, distribution and sale of children�s toys, school supplies, childcare articles and other related products, containing hazardous chemicals ( Reps. Anthony G. Del Rosario, Cinchona Cruz-Gonzales, Susan Yap, et al);
13) HB 5178 - Strengthening the Philippine Comprehensive Policy on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency syndrome (AIDS) prevention, treatment, care and support, and establishing the Philippine National HIV and AIDS Plan (Reps. Lani Mercado-Revilla, Gustavo Tambunting, et al);
14) HB 5187 - Enhancing the role of Parent-Teacher Association in promoting the welfare and protecting the rights of children and the youth (Rep. Jonathan Dela Cruz);
15) HB 4907 - Promoting Positive and Non-Violent Discipline of Children (Rep. Susan Yap);
16) HB 2611 - Elderly and visually impaired friendly Philippine Currency Design, amending Section 53 of R.A. 7653 (Reps. Neri Colmenares & Carlos Isagani Zarate);
17) HB 5377 - Preventing and controlling pollution from ships and providing penalties therefor (Reps. Douglas Hagedorn, Lawrence Fortun, Diosdado Macapagal Arroyo, et al);
18) HB 5538 - Providing for a revised Human Organ Donation and Transplantation Program and providing penalties for the violation thereof, repealing for the purpose R.A. 7170, as amended, also known as the Organ Donation Act of 1991 (Reps. Carlo V. Lopez, Harlin Abayon, Rufus Rodriguez, et al.);
19) HB 5675 - Defining Electronic violence against women and their children, providing protective measures, and prescribing penalties, amend the anti-Violence against Women and their children Act of 2004 (Reps. Emmi de Jesus, Luzviminda Ilagan, Harlinj Abayon, et al.);
20) HB 5955 - Establishing a free Basic Medicare Assistance Program in all Government Health Facilities nationwide ( Reps. Erlinda M. Santiago, Joseph Gilbert Violago, Angelina D. L. Tan, M.D., et al.);
21) HB 5956 - Mandating the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation to increase the coverage for Dialysis treatment of members of the National Health Insurance Program to ninety (90) Sessions per year (Reps. Francisco Calalay, Jr.& Leopoldo Bataoil);
22) HB 6076 - Regulating the practice of Food Technology in the Philippines, creating for the purpose the Board of Food Technology (Reps. Gary Alejano, Francisco Ashley Acedillo & Evelina Escudero);
23) HB 6204 - Requiring Basic Education Students to undergo Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training (Rep. Joseller "Yeng" Guiao); and
24) HB 6397 - Strengthening compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Standards (Reps. Emmeline Y. Aglipay-Villar, Mark Villar, Marcelino Teodoro, et al.)

The abovementioned list does not include dozens of local bills upgrading/establishing hospitals and health facilities in the various districts nationwide and other health related measures approved by the House and now pending in the Senate, those already enacted into law, and those in their advance stages in the legislative mill.

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