GABRIELA WOMEN'S PARTY
27 May 2012
Reference: REP. EMMI DE JESUS 0917-3221203
REP. LUZVIMINDA ILAGAN, 0920-9213221
Jang Monte, 0932-8886427/Rowena Festin, 0915-6349308
CORPORATIZATION OF GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS KILLS WOMEN’S
ACCESS TO HEALTH – GWP REPS. ILAGAN AND DE JESUS
Gabriela Representatives Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus joined the regional
delegates of GWP’s 5th National Congress in WOMEN WALK FOR ACCESS TO
HEALTHCARE, proceeding to Lung Center, National Kidney Transplant
Institute, and Philippine Heart Center on May 27, 2012. The women
lambasted the railroading of the passage of HB 6069 converting 26
government hospitals into government corporations. They said that through
this bill, the government abandons its responsibility of providing for
people’s health and allowing local and foreign businesses to profit from
“The conversion will be very detrimental to marginalized women and
children because they are the majority of patients in government
hospitals,” said GWP Rep. Ilagan.
Ilagan further noted that the World Health Organization stated that a
government must set aside at least 5% of its GNP for health. But of the P3
trillion GNP of the Philippines for the 3rd quarter of 2011, the Aquino
government allocated only P42.69B for health services which is equivalent
to P1.17 for each Filipino per day.
“The government has totally abandoned its responsibility to deliver
accessible health care services by slashing the health budget and pushing
for privatization of government hospitals through the PPP. It refuses to
see that the cost of health services will increase and thereby displace
charity patients. Where will poor Filipinos go if they can no longer
afford government hospitals? Will they just stay home and await their
death because they cannot afford hospital care?” added GWP Rep. de Jesus.
She further stated that as women and their families continue to be plagued
by joblessness, low wages, and landlessness amid the incessant increase in
the price of basic goods and services, the grim condition of women and
their families is further aggravated by inaccessible health care services.
And because of the decreasing family income, the budget for health becomes
a family’s least priority to give way to food and other services.
“Corporatization blocks women’s access to health services. It is just
right that woman gather together and convey united stance to demand for
the government’s duty to deliver accessible basic health services
especially to the marginalized women and her family,” ended Ilagan.
The WOMEN WALK FOR ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE is a build-up activity of a
national health campaign which will be formally launched during the GWP
5th National Convention in Abelardo Hall, UP Diliman on May 28, 2012, on
the occasion of International Day of Action for Women’s Health..
May 21, 2012
Reference: Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño, 09209035683
Makabayan bloc decries railroading of corporatization of
Moves to return anti-poor bill to committee level
The Makabayan Coalition today lambasted the railroading of House Bill 6069
converting 26 public hospitals into government corporations, the group
said that they would initiate moves to return the anti-poor bill to the
committee level because it would definitely mean higher hospital fees for
all. Makabayan is a political coalition that is presently comprised of
eight Philippine progressive parties: Bayan Muna, Anakpawis, Gabriela,
Kabataan, COURAGE, Migrante, ACT Teachers and Katribu.
According to Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño, “what the Committee on Health
did was below the belt and borders on being a conspiracy. The hasty
approval of the bill in the committee last Wednesday, May 16, violated the
rules of the House of Representatives since stakeholders and affected
sectors were not given sufficient notice, time and opportunity to air
Saying the committee did not even include the measure as an agenda in the
notice of meeting, Casiño said he would move to recommit the measure to
the committee next week for further deliberation.
As for his part Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino said that the
move of the committee is patently underhanded and is just another means
for the private-public partnership (PPP) program of the Aquino
administration to take off. But this is just another name for
privatization and would mean lesser budget for health services.
Essentially the government is rescinding its responsibility to provide
better health care to its people. Instead of allotting more funds for
basic services like health and education the Aquino administration is
opting to make a profit out of it,”
Meanwhile Gabriela Women’s party Rep. Luz Ilagan said that this would
definitely be very detrimental to women and children because they are the
majority of the patients in these hospitals.
Casiño further explained that with the experience with the 4 GOCC
hospitals now, it is not far off that the public hospitals to be converted
would become like malls or pawnshops. “To date in the Lung Center of the
Philippines (LCP), only the services of the doctor is free, all the
facilities, medicine, food, rooms have fees even for Class D patients,
even the consultation at the out-patient department (OPD),”
“In the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC), poor patients are
forced to be admitted as pay patients because they would be admitted as
charity patients (there are always no beds available in charity wards).
Many of these patients fall prey to the collateral system or pawning
whatever valuables they have to the hospital so that they can check out.
But with HB 6069 this is bound to get worse that is why we will do all we
can to stop and reverse it,” ended Casiño.
The DOH-supervised hospitals to be converted into corporations are::
Cagayan Valley Medical Center, Veterans Regional Hospital, Baguio General
Hospital and Medical Center, Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center,
Regional Medical Center, Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and
Medical Center, Jose B. Lingad Memorial Medical Center, Bicol Medical
Center (Naga City), Bicol Research Training and Teaching Hospital (Legaspi
City), Quirino Memorial Medical Center, Jose R. Reyes Memorial Medical
Center, Rizal Medical Center, Amang Rodriguez Medical Center, San Lazaro
Hospital, Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center, Eastern Visayas Regional
Medical Center, Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital,
Western Visayas Medical Center, Northern Mindanao Medical Center, Southern
Philippines Medical Center, Zamboanga City Medical Center, Cotobato
Regional and Medical Center, CARAGA Regional Hospital, Davao Regional
Hospital, Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro, Sr. Regional Center and Training
Hospital.# # #