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RITM to stay if CDC is created – lawmaker

The Manila Times logo The Manila Times 27/11/2022 Ma. Reina Leanne Tolentino
Albay Second District Rep. Jose Ma. Clemente “Joey” Salceda. FILE PHOTO BY ENRIQUE M AGCAOILI © Provided by The Manila Times Albay Second District Rep. Jose Ma. Clemente “Joey” Salceda. FILE PHOTO BY ENRIQUE M AGCAOILI

THE Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) will not be abolished if the country establishes a Center for Disease Control (CDC), Albay Second District Rep. Jose Ma. Clemente "Joey" Salceda said.

In a statement on Sunday, Salceda was quoted as saying, "Let me categorically state, on record, that the RITM will stay. It will continue to perform most of its functions, and there will be no layoffs."

Earlier this month, the House Committee on Health approved the substitute bill that seeks to create the said center.

The pertinent provisions of the proposed center's charter have been approved by the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Salceda, chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means, said that "the CDC will be primarily a national health emergency management, public policy and research center."

"The RITM is, and will continue to be, its own research center with a hospital, a testing center and the country's central reference laboratory. It will also continue to perform its existing role over many diseases, including perennial ones like tuberculosis and malaria," he said.

In a media forum conducted by the Department of Health on Friday, DoH Officer in Charge Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the RITM will not be abolished if the proposed center is created. She also said that all RITM workers will be absorbed.

Earlier, some RITM employees protested against what was perceived to be an abolition of the institute if the CDC would be created.

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