As the City Health issues Dengue alert Get P10K Dengue Insurance for only P300 at The SM Store

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The City Health Office (CHO) recently reminded the public about the possible increase in Dengue cases during the present wet season. And just in case, it is better to be practical and insured. For only P300, you could already secure a lump sum cash of P10,000 if you get diagnosed with Dengue, either outpatient or hospitalized. This MediCash Dengue Insurance by Pioneer is available at the SM Store Customer Service, valid after 15 days of waiting period up to one (1) year. Once insured, you still get P10,000 on top of your HMO and PhilHealth benefits to take care of other expenses. Receipts or hospital bills are not required. Regular price of MediCash Dengue Insurance is P350 for customers without SM Advantage Card (SMAC) and P320 for SMAC holders. You can get this for P300 if you buy more than one policy, for you and for at least one of your loved ones with ages 14 days old up to 70 years old. For inquiries, you may contact Pioneer at (02) 7750 5433  or email retail@pioneer.co

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan Advances Trans Fat Elimination in the Philippines

Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan joins the growing number of legislative champions for trans fat elimination in the Philippines as he filed Senate Bill No. 1954 “An Act to Protect Filipinos From the Harmful Effects of Trans Fatty Acids” on December 15, 2020.

Sen. Pangilinan, a member of the Committee on Health and Demography, filed the Trans Fat Free Bill which aims to address the prevalence of noncommunicable diseases in the Philippines by eliminating industrially-produced trans fatty acids (iTFA) from the food supply. 

High intake of iTFA causes coronary heart diseases (CHD), a leading cause of death worldwide, and known comorbidity of COVID-19. In line with the mandate of the Universal Health Care law to provide cost-effective and preventive health services to the population, the Trans Fat Free Philippines Bill will regulate the production and distribution of iTFA, thereby reducing the health risks of TFA intake to the public.

An advocate for the full implementation of universal health care, Sen. Pangilinan underscored the significance of responding to the global call of becoming trans fat free by 2023. More countries are now joining the movement as the relevance of TFA regulations become more pronounced. Sen. Pangilinan notes that countries like Denmark and Argentina have already witnessed a remarkable decline of up to 75% in CHD-related deaths, subsequent to the passage of policies on TFA elimination. 

The filing of SB 1954 or the Trans Fat Free Philippine Bill also aligns with Sen. Pangilinan’s recent COVID-19 response efforts, which are focused on addressing pressing health issues in the country. He recognizes that the pandemic is “a health problem,” thus, solutions “must be healthcentric.” He previously filed Senate Bill No. 1759 or the Pandemic Protection Act of 2020, which seeks to provide tax exemptions to Filipino manufacturers, ensuring a steady supply of medical products during the pandemic and other health emergencies. In his explanatory statement to SB 1954, Sen Pangilinan emphasizes the need to urgently pass the bill during the pandemic, citing that 49% of COVID-19 deaths in the country had comorbidities. 

Senator Nancy S. Binay, Vice-Chair for the Health Committee, also recently filed a version of the Trans Fat Free Philippines Bill in the Senate numbered SB 1916. The bill is currently pending in the joint Senate Committees on Trade and Health. The legislations are supported by civil society organizations in public health such as ImagineLaw, a public interest law organization.  (PR)

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