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Health care act author leads ‘Ulat sa Distrito’

Rep. Angelina Tan 

by Gemi Formaran

GUMACA, Quezon - Aside from the twenty two Republic Acts that she principally authored since her second term in 2016, Quezon 4th District Rep. Angelina...Turn to p/3 ‘Helen’ Tan is optimistic that her other pending significant House Bills will eventually be signed into law.

This was disclosed by Rep. Tan, chair of the committee on health and principal author of the landmark Universal Health Care Program (UHC) Bill in the House of Representatives which was recently signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte, during her second ‘Ulat sa Distrito’ held at Brgy. Camohaguin, here.

The event was attended by around 10,000 visitors including Quezon 1st District Rep. Trina Enverga, former Rep. Mark Enverga, municipal mayors, vice- mayors, town councillors, barangay captains and was graced by some known singers and showbiz personalities like Dingdong Avanzado and Jessa Zaragoza.

While reporting her legislative accomplishment, the lady solon said that aside from the twenty two Republic Acts, she was also a co-author of fourteen others apart from a number of House Bills which are still pending at the lower and upper House of Congress while some are awaiting the signature of the president.

Among the significant House Bills that she authored before turning into law are Republic Acts 11223 otherwise known as Universal Health Care Act (An act instituting health care for all Filipinos, prescribing reforms in the health care system), 10930 (An act rationalizing and strengthening the policy regarding driver’s licenses), 10931 (An act promoting universal access to quality tertiary education by providing for free tuition and other school fees in state universities and colleges and state- run technical- vocational institutions), 10969 (An act providing free irrigation service), 11038 (An act declaring protected areas and providing for their management), 11148 (An act scaling up the national and local health and nutrition programs through a strengthened integrated strategy for maternal, neonatal, child health and nutrition in the first one thousand days of life), 11166 (An act strengthening the Philippine Comprehensive policy on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and support, and reconstituting the Philippine National Aids Council (PNAC) repealing for the propose Republic Act 8504 otherwise known as the “Philippine Aids Prevention and Control Act of 1998”), 11215 (An act institutionalizing a national integrated cancer control program), 10932 (An act strengthening the anti- hospital deposit law by increasing the penalties for the refusal of the hospitals and medical clinics to administer appropriate initial medical treatment and support in emergency or serious cases) and 11036 (An act establishing national mental health services, promoting and protecting the rights of persons utilizing psychiatric, neurologic and psychosocial health services).

When it comes to her constituency service, Tan reported the summary of HEALING Program/ Project Expenditure from 2016 to 2018 amounting to P7, 990, 183, 565. 62.

HEALING refers to Health, Education, Agriculture, Livelihood, Infrastructure, Nature and Environment and Good Governance all under the lady solon’s ‘Serbisyong Tunay At Natural’.

Tan who is now running unopposed for her third term also reported the ongoing billions worth of landmark projects in her district being implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) under District Engineer Celestial Flancia that includes 800 meter Lopez- Quezon, Quezon bridge with an initial funding of P250 Million.

She said her regular ‘Ulat sa Distrito’ is aimed at letting her constituents know what their elected Representative is doing in Congress and how her Congressional funds and other appropriations are being used in the implementation of projects and programs in the district.