Free dialysis campaign gains support

BAGUIO CITY – The University of Baguio Science High School students added more than 200 signatures in the on-going signature campaign for free dialysis, bringing the total to more than 32,000 signatures.

The signature campaign is urging the national government and concerned government agencies to provide free dialysis treatment for all kidney patients undergoing the blood-cleansing procedure.

More signatures are expected as volunteers, led by the dialysis patients associations in Baguio and Benguet and even private citizens and groups, continue to present the petition to the different barangays in the Cordillera region.

The signatures will be collated along with the resolutions of support from the different local government units (LGUs) in the provincial, city, municipal and barangay levels and will be forwarded to the Office of the President, the Senate and House of Representatives, the Department of Health, Philhealth and other national government agencies to come up with a unified Free Dialysis Health Program for the whole country.

The campaign, spearheaded by the Baguio Correspondents and Broadcasters Club, Inc (BCBC), the Philippine Information Agency – Cordillera Regional Office (PIA-CAR) through director Helen Tibaldo and the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) for Hemodialysis Patients and partner associations, is supported by the LGUs of Baguio City and Benguet municipalities of La Trinidad, Kapangan and Itogon with approved resolutions of support.

The Kapangan resolution of support was signed by Mayor Manny Fermin and Vice Mayor Mayo Eslay while Itogon’s measure was approved by Mayor Victorio Palangdao and Vice Mayor Adriano Carantes Jr.

La Trinidad town’s Association of Barangay Councils headed by ABC president Councilor Teddy Quintos also passed its own resolution of support to the cause.

Breakdown of signatures include that of La Trinidad residents and students numbering with more than 22,000 submitted by the Benguet Renal Center Patients and Caregivers Association headed by Ariel Bastian, inmates of the Baguio City Jail, personnel and employees of the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC), taxi operators and drivers group, Baguio City Hall clients and employees, book and art patrons of Bookends and those who signed the online petition from other provinces and cities in the Philippines and abroad including those in Asia, Europe and the United States of America.

Other LGUs from the provincial to the barangay levels are encouraged to approve their own resolutions which they may be based on the BCBC resolution that can be downloaded from www.change.org and search for free dialysis petition; or through the following link: www.change.org/p/urge-president-rodrigo-roa-duterte-make-dialysis-treatment-free-for-all-filipinos. Jojo Lamaria/PNA-northboundasia.com