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Governor behind Mandanas ruling urges local execs to support Anakalusugan party-list
Batangas Gov. Hermilando Mandanas, one of the victorious petitioners who pushed for local government’s share in all national taxes, has urged local executives to support a party-list organization that will champion the cause for better and more accessible health services for all Filipinos in the upcoming elections.
In his speech during the general assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, the governor said the victory of local governments through the Mandanas-Garcia ruling of the Supreme Court is a victory of ordinary Filipinos.
“Alongside the full implementation of the Supreme Court ruling is the full implementation as well of the Universal Health Care Law. This will ensure the ‘no balance billing’ that will allow us to support and fund the health needs of all Filipinos. The additional funding from the Mandanas-Garcia can now be used to improve our health services and health facilities, as well as to hire additional medical staff, including nurses and doctors,” Mandanas said.
He, however, said local government units need a partner in Congress to ensure the full and proper implementation of the court decision, especially where
“I am asking you to join me in this cause to ensure that all LGUs will be able to use the additional funds from the national tax allotment by voting for Anakalusugan party-list,” Mandanas said.
“Anakalusugan is the only party-list that truly pushed for free medical checkups and the full implementation of the Universal Health Care Law which advocates health and wellness at the barangay level, something that should really be pushed now that we are in the middle of a pandemic,” the governor added.
In 2018, the Supreme Court ruled in favor Mandanas and the late Bataan Gov. Enrique Garcia Jr., who successfully challenged the government’s restrictive definition of the portion of National Government revenue that LGUs are entitled to.
In the past three years in Congress, Anakalusugan party-list has principally authored 15 measures increasing the capacity and upgrading hospitals across the country, 10 measures to improve the welfare of medical and health workers, 16 measures to boost health services across the country, and 16 measures to beef up the country’s pandemic response.