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

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LAPU-LAPU City Lone District Representative Ma. Cynthia “Cindi” Chan has filed a bill requiring all national, regional, and provincial hospitals to establish dialysis clinics and provide free dialysis treatment to indigent patients.

This was one of her two additional proposed house bills during their first regular session in the 19th Congress on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.

Chan noted that based on the National Kidney and Transplant Institute’s records, a Filipino develops chronic renal failure every hour or about 120 Filipinos per million population per year.

She added that the Department of Health (DOH) noted that chronic kidney disease can become severe, with complications such as End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD), if left untreated.

The lone district representative said that the disease requires more immediate and regular interventions such as renal transplant and hemodialysis.

The cost of every hemodialysis session ranges from P2,000 to P7,000 and each session will last up to four hours.

An ESKD patient is required to undergo three homedialysis sessions per week, which has a total cost of between P6,000 to P21,000.

“Since not all government hospitals are equipped to offer hemodialysis treatment, patients needing to avail of this live-saving procedure need to go to private hospitals or hemodialysis clinics,” Chan explained in her House Bill 3719.

“Thus, this bill seeks to require the establishment of dialysis clinics in all national, regional, and provincial hospitals to make dialysis treatment more accessible to all. Further, this bill proposes that indigent kidney disease patients be provided free dialysis sessions in said dialysis clinics,” she added.

Meanwhile, Chan also sought to change the name of City of Lapu-Lapu to the City of Lapulapu, which will amend the Republic Act 3134, otherwise known as Charter Day of the City of Lapu-Lapu.

She noted that former President Rodrigo Duterte issued Executive Order 152, changing the rendering name of the Filipino hero from 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 her House Bill 3718.

The newly elected district representative filed two measures on the first day of the 19th Congress on July 1, 2022.

These two bills seek to declare June 17 every year as a special non-working holiday in the city in commemoration of its Charter Day and create a separate engineering office. (MKG)