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  National Cancer Institute of the Philippines pushed A lady-lawmaker today underscored the urgency of establishing an organized andsustained specialized care and prevention measures against cancer in the country, beforeit’s too late!Rep. eorgina . e #enecia $% th   istrict, angasinan& is pushing for the creation of the 'ational (ancer )nstitute of the hilippines, with regional centers, to providecentralized planning, programs and activities to arrest the increasing number of cancer victims in the country.As contained in *+ , e #enecia noted that cancer is the third leading cause of death in the hilippines, outranked only by communicable and cardiovascular diseases./(ancer is estimated to afflict 012 persons per 0, 3ilipinos. 4tatistics showthat cancer kills 05 3ilipinos a day or four 3ilipinos per hour. 6he incidence andmortality rates of cancer in the hilippines has been increasing the past three decades andthis trend is e7pected to continue if organized and sustained specialized care and preventive measures against cancer are not initiated,8 e #enecia stressed.6he establishment of regional centers, as provided by *+ , presents in concreteform the government’s intention to make specialized health services more accessible to people outside highly urbanized areas like 9etro 9anila and the cities of (ebu and avaowhere cancer treatment is traditionally available, e #enecia added.)t should be noted that the *ouse (ommittee on overnment Reorganization, towhich *+  has been referred for consideration and action, is also in receipt of four similar measures seeking to create the hilippine 'ational (ancer (enter : *+ 0;authored by Rep. 3erdinand 9artin Romualdez< and *+ 01 filed by +uhay arty-listReps. 9ariano 9ichael 9. #elarde, =r., =ose >. Atienza, =r., and )rwin (. 6ieng.Rep. *erminia Roman also filed *+ 5?; seeking to establish a (ancer 6reatment(enter in every region in the country and appropriating funds therefor. >ikewise, Rep.9ark A. #illar is proposing a 'ational (ancer )nstitute of the hilippines, similar to thatof *+  authored by e #enecia./6he establishment and maintenance of the cancer center would primarily benefitthe people suffering from cancer and would also further enhance the noble undertaking of research in cancer, provide a state-of-the-art training of medical and technical personneland render specialized medical services for the prevention, control and treatment of cancer,8 #elarde, Atienza and 6ieng stressed. NR # 3626BOCT. 21, 2014  @n the other hand, Rep. Romualdez $0 st   istrict, >eyte& said there is an urgent needto put in place cancer-control health care policies focused on strengthening the healthsystems to cope with proected increases in cancer prevention, detection, treatment andmanagement needs.Romualdez noted that in 1 appro7imately 0.-million cancer victims werediagnosed and .?-million people died of cancer worldwide./9y bill $*+ 0;& intends to provide material and financial support towards theestablishment and maintenance of a (ancer (enter to benefit the people,8 Romualdez said.6he (ommittee on overnment Reorganization could come up with the appropriatefunding provisions, as proposed in the three separate measures, for the establishment andmaintenance of the (ancer )nstitute or (ancer (enter as the case may be. $5& dpt 
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