Duterte signs RA No.11215 (National Integrated Cancer Control Act)

Duterte signs RA No.11215 (National Integrated Cancer Control Act)




President Rodrigo Roa Duterte just signed Republic Act No. 11215(National Integrated Cancer Control Act) a landmark legislation
Before the signing of such law, an alliance of cancer stakeholders had vigorously campaigned for a solid national policy on cancer control that would establish eventually an institutionalized and effective system to address the growing complex needs of cancer patients in the country.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signing Republic Act No. 11215(National Integrated Cancer Control Act) (photo credit to owner)

The National Integrated Cancer Control Act was passed with the guidance from Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and his counterpart in the House of Representative Committee on Health Chairperson Rep. Helen Tan.
“What started as a shared vision would not have become a reality, without the consistent and untiring support from the Senate and House Committees on Health leadership,” Cancer Coalition of the Philippines (CCPh) said in a statement.

Republic Act No. 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act seeks to “promote an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development which includes strengthening of integrative multidisciplinary, patient, family-centered cancer control policies, systems, and services at all levels of the existing healthcare delivery system.”
“The Coalition believes the approval by the President reflects the immeasurable value our country places on persons with cancer of any age, stage, gender, and income bracket,” CCPh added.
Data coming from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) ranks cancer as he third most common cause of death for both adults and children in the country.
Other health collected data also showed projections pointing to an 80 percent increase of cancer incidence in the next 12 years.


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