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Legislator Deplored Impending Sale of Welfareville

27 March 2012 One Comment

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March 27, 2012

Reference: ACT Teachers Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio (0920-922-0817)

Legislator Deplored Impending Sale of Welfareville

ACT Teachers Party-List Representative Antonio L. Tino joined the protest action of health workers, families of patients and residents of the Welfareville Property in Mandaluyong City. This is in response to the government’s order that the property should be sold and the hospitals inside Welfareville be relocated to Antipolo or Cavite.

Welfareville houses the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) and the Correctional Institute for Women (CIW). The selling of the land is being pushed by the technical working group of the government’s Welfareville Development Project (WDP) headed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

This scheme is part of PNoy’s Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in the health sector under the guise of Universal Health Care (UHC) that will be the country’s health policy from 2010-2016. Among the goals of this UHS is to utilize hospital land assets, like the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), for commercial purposes. Medium rise buildings for commercial and residential use will be built on the property, once sold. The residents in the area also fear looming threat of demolition. The NCMH is set t be available for bidding by June and due to be transferred on July 2012.

Rep. Tinio disapproves of the selling of Welfareville and the relocation of the hospitals. “This PPP scheme for education and health will cost the taxpayers more because the government must guarantee the private sector partners’ return on investment. Commercialization of hospital lands and assets is not the way to solve the woes of the Filipino people,” Rep. Tinio explained.
The IMF- World Bank, in its report “Investing in Health,” imposes that the government to lessen expenses spent on social services such as public hospitals. This opens a venue for private corporations to invest and make money out of the Filipinos.

“It is precisely right now that public funding for social services must be superior, because there’s no profit motive. The Aquino administration must rethink its advocacy of PPPs in general, especially in education, health, and other social services. Our people’s constitutionally-guaranteed rights to these services will be grossly undermined once they are opened up to money-making enterprises,” concluded Tinio.

  • wala na ba talaga kayong magawa nga halal ng bayan kundi ibenta ang lahat ng pag-aari ng gobyerno pati mga ahensya na nagsesrbisyo ng direkta sa mamamayang pilipino gusto nyong ibenta. kayo siguro ang dahilan kaya lumolobo sa mga probinsya ang bilang ng mga kawawang mamamayang pilipino na may diperensya sa isip inilalabas nyo siguro at ibinababa sa mga bayan bayan imbis na alagaan nyo at gamutin. ano kayo kung kayo ang nasa kalagayan ng mga kawawang nilalang na yan Pilipino yan mag-isip-isip kayo mga walang kuwentang pinuno ng bayan.