Ejercito files bill to make FDA independent agency

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JV Ejercito

SENATOR JOSEPH Victor G. Ejercito on Thurs., Dec. 7, filed a bill that will institute the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as an independent agency, separate from the Department of Health (DoH). In his remarks at a forum at the Senate, Mr. Ejercito, chairman of the Senate committee on health and demography, said: “Naisip ko kung ang FDA ay attached agency ng DoH eh compromised na sya, so dapat talaga independent sila para kung anuman ang ipapasok ng DoH, ay pag-aaralan nila, hiwalay sila (I realized that the FDA, as an attached agency, is already compromised. They should be independent from each other, so that whatever the DoH would bring in, they would study it because they are separate agencies).” — Arjay L. Balinbin