Teachers’ hospital proposed

Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez has filed a bill that seeks to ensure the availability, accessibility and affordability of quality health to teachers who are considered as among the most reliable and dedicated public servants.
House Bill 2446 seeks the establishment of a special hospital, to be called the Philippine Teachers' Hospital, in the National Capital Region as the primary medical facility for the hospitalization and medical care of teachers and their dependents.
Rodrigues said the measure would entail a P300-million budget which covers the establishment and initial operations of the Philippine Teachers' Hospital.
“Teachers are indeed our unsung heroes. Despite the difficulties that continue to confront their profession, they remain fiercely loyal to their responsibility in molding the values and character of the young generation,” Rodriguez said.
In filing the measure, Rodriguez acknowledged the policy of the State to adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development which shall endeavor to make essential health and other social services available to all people at affordable cost.
He said teachers are being constantly called upon by officials of the local and national government to assist in various extra-curricular and civic activities which contribute to the welfare of the community and the country, most notable of which is guarding the precincts and counting their votes during election period.
Rodriguez cited a statistical report from the Department of Education (DepEd) stating that the normal teacher-student ratio in the elementary and secondary levels is now at 1:35 and 1:39, respectively.

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