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House committee approves Arroyo-authored bill institutionalizing IP health workers

Aug 29, 2018 @ 4:17
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A bill authored by House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to institutionalize the availability and service of Indigenous Peoples health workers has been approved by the Committee on Appropriations, a House statement said Wednesday.

The committee, chaired by Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, approved the proposed “Indigenous Peoples Health Workers Act” on Tuesday.

In the proposed bill, Arroyo, who is currently Pampanga 2nd District Representative, lamented that Indigenous and Cultural Communities still have no easy access to basic services, especially health care, even despite the enactment of Republic Act 7883 or the Barangay Heath Workers Benefits and Incentives Act of 1995.

The former president said her bill “aims to establish and institutionalize the training of tribal health workers to help complement the existing efforts of barangay health workers and the Department of Health in pursuing effective community-based health services, especially in remote and isolated areas.”

It proposes the assignment of one Indigenous Peoples Health Worker for every 20 families in all ICC/IP communities.

The IPWH will be provided with adequate health care training, perform specific responsibilities, and be entitled to incentives and benefits.

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