MRC expansion pushed

January 30, 2022 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 91 views

CAMARINES Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte has renewed his call for the Senate’s immediate approval of the proposed expansion of the country’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) in preparation for future public health emergencies.

Villafuerte said the proposed MRC may also be mobilized during times of calamities to provide immediate aid during rescue and relief operations.

He pointed out that the House of Representatives had already approved this legislative measure earlier this year, but its counterpart bill remains pending at the committee level in the Senate.

“With global health experts confirming that this won’t be our last pandemic, we must continue to strengthen our healthcare system starting with the people who will man the frontlines in our fight
against the next global health crisis,” said Villafuerte, one of the principal authors of the House-approved Medical Reserve Corps Act.

“I hope that the Senate can still find time to act on this measure, given the bill’s urgency and necessity,” he added.