Mon. Sep 27th, 2021

By Senator Bong Go

If we are to be a compassionate society, I sincerely maintain that upgrading of local health facilities must be pursued to further strengthen Covid-19 response and overall wellness of Filipino families, as well as better opportunities for healthcare workers.

Sa totoo lang po, kaya tayo nahihirapan ngayon dahil sa kulang ang naging investment natin sa health kahit noon pa. Ngayon po tayo nagkakandarapa, sa pagtapi-tagpi ng solusyon para sa problema.

Kaya isa sa mga haligi ng makabuluhang pamumuhay, ay strengthening the country’s healthcare system. We cannot fully develop if we have a society that is literally sick.Thus, we must learn from the experience and lessons brought about by this pandemic and prioritize on health.

Gusto ko lang ipaalala na bukod sa pagsiguro na mapangalagaan ang kalusugan ng ating mga kababayan, parte  na rin po ng mandato ninyo ang pagsiguro na wala ni isang iregularidad sa mga hakbang na ating ginagawa. Naniniwala naman ako na buhay at kapakanan ng bawat Pilipino ang inuuna ninyo sa inyong trabaho.

I also advocate for the continuous provision of Special Risk Allowance and other benefits and allowances to medical frontliners. Hindi po naisama sa 2022 National Expenditure Program ang pondo para sa allowances ng mga healthworkers.

Ako naman po, susuportahan ko po ito at ipaglalaban ko po na maisama ito sa budget pagdating ng deliberasyon dito sa Senado. Dapat lamang na mabigyan ng kaukulang pagkilala ang sakripisyo ng healthcare workers. Hindi po sila dapat ma-low morale dahil sila ang frontliners sa giyerang ito.

The coronavirus continues to put health workers’ lives in danger and that it is only right that they receive risk allowance from the government.

Nakataya po ang buhay nila dito, kaya bigyan natin sila ng dapat nila matanggap. Sa totoo lang po, hindi naman mababayaran ng kahit anuman po ang buhay, ngunit mahalaga lang ito na sakripisyo nila para sa ating bayan.

Apart from ensuring the well-being of frontliners, it is also imperative that the government endeavors to upgrade the country’s current health facilities and establish even more health facilities especially in rural areas, according to the Senator. Most of hospitals have reached critical risk in healthcare utilization.

Kaya kulang ang mga ospital, mga kama at equipment dahil hindi natin ginastusan agad ang health system natin. Sa ngayon nga, kinailangan nating magtayo ng temporary at makeshift facilities, tents at modular hospitals para lang madagdagan ang healthcare capacity natin.

Go also cited his experiences when personally visiting public hospitals, noting that due to the limited bed capacity of some of these hospitals, poor patients are forced to stay in corridors and hallways.

Sa pag-ikot ko po sa ating mga pampublikong ospital, ako mismo bumababa talaga ako, nagbubukas tayo ng Malasakit Centers, na-experience ko talaga kung ano ang nangyayari sa baba.

Overcrowding in hospitals has slowed down patients’ recuperation. Sabi nga noon pa before pandemic, may mga ospital na 400% na po ang occupancy. Paano gagaling ang mga pasyente dyan? Yun po ang katotohanan na nangyayari.

Kaya lang po minsan problema talaga ang pondo, pinaghahati-hatian talaga ng mga ahensya pero hindi po ako titigil lalong-lalo na po kung ang mga mahihirap po ang makikinabang dito. Hindi naman po pumupunta ang mga mayayaman sa government hospitals.

With that being said, Go emphasized that the funding for the upgrade of these hospitals should be in line with the Mandanas ruling of the Supreme Court and its implications on the tax allocation for both the national government and the local government units. He added that the national government and local government units must work together to provide the much-needed health services.

Dapat maayos ‘yan, nasa transition po tayo ngayon dahil next year effective na po ang Mandanas ruling. And I am sure ‘yung mga local government units natin ay magkakaroon po ng mas malaking IRA share.

He added that he will see to it that there are enough funds to upgrade hospitals. Kaya kailangan malaman mula sa DBM kung saan pwedeng kunin ang pondo para sa mga ospital na ito.

This is why tackle 25 bills in these Senate hearings.  Among these were the establishment of five hospitals, upgrading of 12 local hospitals and re-nationalization of 8 hospitals.

We always say health means wealth.

Well, I submit, the wealth of our country should begin with the health of its every citizen moving forward.

We must build a nation that cares for its own.

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