Lawmaker eyes free dialysis treatment, change of Lapu-Lapu to Lapulapu

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LAPU-LAPU City Lone District Rep. Ma. Cynthia “Cindi” Chan has filed two additional bills, one of which sought to require all national, regional and provincial hospitals to establish dialysis clinics and provide free dialysis treatment to indigent patients.

Chan, wife of Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan, filed House Bill (HB) 3719 during the first regular session of the 19th Congress on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022.

Chan said based on the data provided by the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, a Filipino develops chronic renal failure every hour or about 120 Filipinos per million population per year.

She further said the Department of Health noted that chronic kidney disease can progress to more severe complications such as End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) if left untreated.

Chan said such disease requires more immediate and regular interventions in the form of renal transplant and hemodialysis, adding that the cost of a hemodialysis session can range from P2,000 to P7,000 and can last up to four hours.

But since ESKD patients may require up to three sessions per week, it could cost them P6,000 to P21,000.

“Since not all government hospitals are equipped to offer hemodialysis treatment, patients needing to avail of this life-saving procedure need to go to private hospitals or hemodialysis clinics,” Chan said.

Spell change in city name

Aside from HB 3719, Chan also filed HB 3718, which seeks to change the name of City of Lapu-Lapu to the City of Lapulapu, by amending the Republic Act (RA) 3134, otherwise known as Charter Day of the City of Lapu-Lapu.

She noted that former President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order 152, which changed the name of Filipino hero Lapu-Lapu to Lapulapu.

Chan said this is crucial in the formation of their identity as a people, noting that Duterte’s issuance was intended to adopt “a common rendering of the name of Lapulapu, so as to conform to earlier references” which will “aid in the education of our youth about Philippine history.”

“Thus, in order to make the name of the city consistent with the name of Datu Lapulapu—whom it was named after—this bill amends RA No. 3134 by changing the name of City of Lapu-Lapu to City of Lapulapu,” she said in the explanatory note of HB 3718.

Aside from the two bills she filed on Wednesday, Chan earlier filed two measures on the first day of the 19th Congress on July 1, 2022, and these are bills that seek to declare June 17 every year as a special non-working holiday in the city during its commemoration of its Charter Day and create a separate engineering office.