By Frank E. Dosdos, Jr.
ILIGAN City — Senator JV Ejercito expects the passage of two bills he authored before the end of the year.
In a telephone interview on Timbangan Program over Prime Broadcasting Network Radio Iligan, 88.1 FM, the other day, the Senator told the anchorman that he is ready for the passage of two bills as soon as the Session of the 18th Congress opens this month.
One of these bills is the “Universal Health Care Program,” he said.
He said under the present health care under Philhealth almost 50% of the total hospital bills is shouldered by the patient. Under his bill, all the hospital bills would be paid by the government.
He is said funds could be sourced through a revision of the present PhilHealth policies and probably by increasing taxes on tobacco.
“As chairman of Senate Committee on health I believe that higher taxes would increase tobacco prices and could make many stop smoking,” he said.
The other bill he wants to be enacted this year is that which shall create a Department of Housing, he told the anchorman.
He said under the proposed legislation housing shall not only be an agency under the Office of the President but a department that could focus on the housing problem of the country and be accountable for results.