KAMARA finally approved the proposed bill that aims to form a hospital that caters the medical needs of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the author of House Bill 9194, thank her fellow congressmen who were the first ones to push through with the proposal.

“I thank everybody for saying that my bill should be the primary bill. I don’t want to do that. If Strike Revilla’s bill is acceptable in principle subject to certain amendments that the agencies felt should be put in, then go ahead. So I would like to identify myself with the bill of Congressman Strike Revilla,” says House Speaker Arroyo on her sponsorship statement.

The proposal to build a hospital for OFWs was first presented by Cavite Rep. Strike Revilla as well as with Cagayan de Oro Rep Maximo Rodriguez Jr. and San Jose Del Monte City Rep. Florida Robles.

The groundbreaking ceremony at the donated land of Pampanga Gov. Lilia Pineda to the Department of Health was recently led by several government officials.

According to Arroyo, this move is to respond to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte on Labor Day to have more ordinance that seeks to address the needs of Filipino workers.

“Of course we already have the ENDO (bill) which is in the Senate but we felt there should be another appropriate bill that we can file on the occasion of May 1, Labor Day,” Arroyo said.

Under the new bill, OFW will be given a comprehensive health care service as well as their dependents. This hospital will also serve as the primary referral hospital for repatriated OFWs that needs medical assistance.

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