File photo courtesy of the Palawan Provincial Information Office

The Provincial Board has passed a resolution supporting House Bill No. 1621 or the Western Philippines Medical Center Charter Act of 2019.

The resolution stressed that the House measure is in line with the provincial government’s IHELP development agenda.

IHELP stands for infrastructure, health, education, livelihood, and protection of the environment, a press statement from the Provincial Information Office (PIO) said Thursday.

The bill was jointly proposed by Reps. Gil Acosta Jr. (3rd District, Palawan), Cyrille Abueg-Zaldivar (2nd District, Palawan), and Franz Josef George E. Alvarez (1st District, Palawan).

Board Member Ryan Maminta, who authored the resolution, said that passing the charter which will pave the way for the construction of the Western Philippines Medical Center (WPMC) and will be timely due to the increase in the population of the province and the influx of tourists.

“Ang pagsuporta sa House Bill 1621 ay bunsod ng pagtataguyod sa IHELP program ng administrasyon na prayoridad ang pagpapahalaga at pangangalaga sa kalusugan ng mamamayan sapagkat ang pagkakaroon ng mabuting kalusugan ay daan upang maging progresibo at produktibo ang mga mamamayan,” the PIO statement said.

Based on data provided by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Palawan recorded the fastest increase in population in the MIMAROPA region from 2010 to 2015.

On the other hand, data provided by the Department of Health (DOH) said that renal disease is one of the main causes of death of Filipinos with 7,000 dying every year.

In Palawan, 157 patients have died due to kidney problems every year. An increase in the number of patients undergoing dialysis has also been recorded to have increased over the years.