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Duterte allots P10M to address visual problems of kindergartners

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law a bill which establishes a program for early detection of visual problems among kindergarten pupils.

Republic Act (RA) 11358, also known as the “National Vision Screening Act,” seeks to create a funding facility for continuing studies and researches on childhood visual disorders.

The law directs the Department of Education, with the Department of Health and the Philippine Eye Research Institute, to administer the vision screening program, create a database on the results of the tests, and develop a system of referral and corrective measures.

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation should also develop a benefit package for the consultation and treatment of eye diseases of children, RA 11358 stated.

A P10-million fund will be included in the budget of the Philippine Eye Research Institute, which is under the National Institutes of Health of the University of the Philippines, to cover the implementation of this Act for public kindergarten pupils.

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