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Para sa mahihirap: Alfred Vargas welcomes P620M cancer aid fund in 2021 budget

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The financial burden of poor cancer patients will be eased with the allocation of P620 million for the Department of Health’s (DOH) cancer assistance fund, Quezon City Rep. Alfred Vargas said.

The lawmaker, who is a vice chairman of the House appropriations committee, said the fund was included in the proposed P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021, which the Senate and House of Representatives ratified this week.

Vargas thanked in particular House Speaker Lord Allan Jay Velasco and House Accounts Committee Chairman Paolo Duterte for their efforts in ensuring the effective implementation of the National Integrated Cancer Control (NICC) law.

“The cancer assistance fund will greatly ease the financial burden of cancer patients and their families,” he said.

Vargas, whose mother succumbed to cancer in 2014, is the principal author of the NICC law’s House version.

“This is only the first step. If we are to succeed in making cancer treatment more affordable, we will have to ensure the NICC law’s implementation is funded yearly until we create a fully-working system,” he said.