Press Release
September 9, 2011


In line with his advocacy to improve public health nationwide, Senator Ramon Bong Revilla, Jr. today provided help to the indigent patients of Surigao del Norte through his Kalusugan Ating Pangalagaan (KAP) medical assistance program.

From his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Bong Revilla allocated half a million pesos as medical assistance fund for the needy patients in the province. The granting of medical aid was formalized through a Memorandum of Agreement which was signed by the senator and Dr. Ponciano Limcangco, medical director of the CARAGA Regional Hospital in Surigao City in a simple ceremony held today (September 9, Friday) at the said hospital. Surigao del Norte 1st District Representative Francisco Matugas, Surigao del Norte 2nd District Representative Guillermo Romarate, Jr., Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas and Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas witnessed the signing.

According to the senator, due to financial difficulties, most of Filipino families ignore the importance of monitoring their health, which usually led to aggravation of their sickness. "This is the reason why I see to it that a significant portion of my Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF will go to medical assistance. This is one of my ways to fulfill my self-directed task of alleviating our underprivileged countrymen," he said.

To avail of the medical assistance, indigent patients of the province can go or send a representative to the Office of Congressman Matugas or Congressman Romarate, Provincial Capitol of Surigao del Norte or Office of the Surigao City Mayor. The medical assistance will be given as a guarantee letter where the amount that the patient can avail under the program is indicated. "Nandito lang ang ating mga guarantee letters. Inaalay ko ito sa mga mamamayan ng Surigao; nakahanda para makatulong sa kanila,".Bong Revilla said.

Aside from the medical aid program, Bong Revilla also regularly conducts medical-dental missions and blood letting activities. These are all under his KAP medical assistance program.

He also filed health-related bills which include the institutionalization of a pre-hospital emergency care system, the establishment of a special hospital for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and their dependents, and the granting of compensation, reimbursement for hospitalization expenses, and other benefits to civilians caught in the crossfire between rebels and the military. "As I have always been saying, the dilemma in medical expenses is experienced by all Filipino families. Thus, protecting the health of the public will always be one of our primordial advocacies," he added.

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