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Stop privatization of public hospitals

The House of Representatives has urged President Duterte to stop selling off public hospitals to the private sector. “The recommended ban on the privatization of public health facilities covers the four specialty hospitals in Quezon City, namely the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, Philippine Heart Center, Lung Center of the Philippines and Philippine Children’s Medical Center. The bill also mandates that 90 percent of the facilities’ bed capacity should be allotted to poor patients.” The House approved the bill on its third reading by 218-0-0.


Airport privatization is displacing workers

Airport privatization is displacing workers. The Workers Association of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (SMDM) “urged all their 340 members to join activities aimed at pressuring the BCDA to disclose its plan for workers who would be affected by the privatization. SMDM president Manuel Bañez said even the CIAC board of directors are being left in dark on the issue. “This is unusual because BCDA president and chief executive officer Vicencio Dizon and Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade are chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the CIAC board of directors.” He said both officials were absent during the last board meeting.


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