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House approves center for disease control legislation

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As the measure establishing the new agency was adopted on final reading at the House of Representatives, a Philippine Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) would shortly be established.

A total of 255 MPs approved House Bill 6522, which establishes the CDC as an organization directly under the Office of the Secretary of Health, during Monday’s plenary session (DOH).

In his first State of the Nation Address, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. listed the measure on his list of important pieces of legislation.

The CDC will have technical control over the creation of standards for the prevention and control of all health security incidents and diseases of public health relevance, whether they have domestic or foreign origins.

The CDC will collaborate with other CDCs and serve as the Philippines’ national focal point for issues relating to international health regulation (IHR).

The proposed agency would be in charge of leading public health and risk communications, managing disease surveillance and field epidemiology activities, performing data collection and analytics, recommending actions for public health threats to the appropriate national government bodies, and strengthening public health laboratories, among other things.

The bill also requires the formation of the following component centers: the Center for Health Laboratories, the Center for Epidemiology and Surveillance, the Center for Health Evidence, and the Center for Health Statistics (CHL).

If passed into law, the President would have the authority to order the operation of any privately owned facility, including, but not limited to, hospitals, medical centers, health care facilities, passenger ships, and other private businesses, in order to perform tasks and offer support services for public health emergency response.

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