House panel endorses medical reserve corps formation for pandemics, emergencies

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MANILA, Philippines — The House committee on health has endorsed the formation of a medical reserve corps to augment the country’s health personnel in cases of pandemics and other health emergencies.

During the online hearing of the committee, Rep. Angelina Tan committee chair approved the creation of a technical working group tasked to consolidate at least eight bills related to the formation of a reserve national medical network.

“Medical reservists are needed in times like this when we are going through a COVID-pandemic. They are also needed in case of disasters,” Tan, author of one of the bills, said in a statement Friday.

Under Tan’s version of the bill, the Department of…

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer, popularly known as the Inquirer, is an English-language newspaper in the Philippines. Founded in 1985, it is often regarded as the Philippines' newspaper of record.

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