IT is now clear that social services, particularly health care, remain beyond the reach of many of our overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their dependents.
The existing package of services under the medical care program for OFWs is limited to curative medical services, according to Senator Joel Villanueva.
A neophyte senator, Villanueva said the government should expand its medical assistance program for OFWs, who are at risk of dreaded diseases and other illnesses while working abroad.
In fact, four out of 10 repatriated OFWs need hospital confinement or medical attention. Many of them suffer from heart diseases, stroke, cancer and kidney ailments.
These illnesses require medical procedures and preventive and long-time care, according to Villanueva, a former party-list member of the House of Representatives.
Aware of the situation, Villanueva called for the establishment of a special hospital for OFWs and their dependents.
In his Senate Bill (SB) No. 1282, the youthful senator said the proposed hospital is envisioned to offer preventive, diagnostic and rehabilitative programs to our modern-day heroes and their loved ones.
“The nation recognizes the importance of overseas Filipino workers…Migrant workers help improve the lives not only of their families but also to the national economy,” said Villanueva.
The building of the proposed Bagong Bayaning Filipino Hospital (BBFH) should serve as a cue for the government to come up with more measures aimed at meeting the medical needs of OFWs.
Thus, Villanueva deserves the all-out support of the public as he exerts his best efforts to expand the government’s multi-pronged medical care program for OFWs by setting up the BBFH.