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Philippine CDC bill hurdles 2nd reading at the House

Rambo Talabong

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Philippine CDC bill hurdles 2nd reading at the House

PANDEMIC RESPONSE. A vaccination site at SM Bacoor in Cavite

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The House also approved on 2nd reading a bill seeking the creation of a virology institute in the Philippines

The House of Representatives approved on 2nd reading on Wednesday, June 2, a bill that seeks to create the Philippine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Voting via viva voce, House Bill No. 9560 was approved at the House plenary floor without any objections or amendments.

If realized, the bill would create the CDC, which would be a new agency under the DOH. It is envisioned to absorb the Epidemiology Bureau, the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, and some components of the International Health Surveillance Division.

Philippine CDC bill hurdles 2nd reading at the House

Under the bill, the CDC would “be responsible for controlling the introduction and spread of infectious diseases, and shall provide consultation and assistance to other nations and international agencies to assist in improving their disease prevention and control.”

The bill also proposes a comprehensive health emergency management framework that includes provisions for vaccination and treatment, isolation and quarantine, and disease surveillance.

The bill also specifies guidelines for declaring public health emergencies.

“The imagination and transformation of our health system and pandemic response – these are the two things that we seek to accomplish in enacting this important health measure, which time has come,” said Quezon 4th District Representative Angelina “Helen” Tan in her sponsorship speech.

The House also approved on 2nd reading on Wednesday House Bill No. 9559, or the Virology Institute of the Philippines (VIP) Act, which seeks to further bolster the country’s preparations for future health crises. –

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.