Cancer control program gets P620-M budget | Inquirer News
Close  

Cancer control program gets P620-M budget

/ 04:46 AM December 14, 2020

Lord Allan Velasco —NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

The House has allotted P620 million in the P4.5-trillion national budget for 2021 for the government’s cancer control program, according to Speaker Lord Allan Velasco. Velasco on Sunday said the budget would fund the implementation of the National Integrated Cancer Control Act of 2019 to cover the cost of cancer prevention, treatment and medicines in the country. “With this funding, the government can now provide cancer patients with better access to more responsive and affordable health-care services,” he said. Citing data from the Department of Health, Velasco said about 110,000 new cases were diagnosed annually while about 66,000 Filipinos die every year from cancer. Citing data from the Cancer Coalition Philippines, he said the cost of chemotherapy per session could range from P20,000 to P120,000 or more. —Nestor Corrales

ADVERTISEMENT

FEATURED STORIES
Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: budget, cancer control program, House of Representatives, Speaker Velasco
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

News that matters

By providing an email address. I agree to the Terms of Use and
acknowledge that I have read the Privacy Policy.



© Copyright 1997-2021 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.