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‘I don’t need a bill to be named after me’

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A medical bill aiming to strengthen the emergency response in the country should have long been approved by the government, according to Charleanne “Charlie” Jandic, a post-graduate medical intern who helped a woman whose arm was severed in an accident last week at the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT 3) in Makati City.

“Why do we need a bill for something that should have been there in the first place?” Jandic added.

She has been receiving praises and acknowledgment since the incident. Kabayan paty-list Rep. Ron Salo even suggested that House Bill 4955 be titled as “The Dr. Charlie Jandic Emergency Medical Services System Act of 2017.”

Jandic reiterated that she did not rescue Angeline Fernando out of any self-serving motive.


“For me, it’s too much [really]. I don’t need a bill named after me. [I am not even familiar with the filed House bill] and I don’t want to speak on something I had no idea about. [The bill is fine as it is],” she said.

“They sort of insisted [that the measure be named after me],” Jandic added, apparently referring to lawmakers.

An intern at the Chinese General Hospital and Medical Center (CGHMC), she quickly responded to Fernando’s call for help when the train’s bogie rolled over the latter’s arm after she fell on the railroad tracks on the afternoon of November 14.

Jandic recounted Fernando telling her that she had just alighted from the train when she felt dizzy and accidentally fell into the gap between the second and third coaches.

She heard a commotion and ran to check on Fernando’s condition immediately.

The medical intern quickly instructed the station guards to call for an ambulance while she tied a tourniquet to stop Fernando’s arm from bleeding.

Police Officer 2 Danilo Agustin, who turned out to be a registered nurse, assisted Jandic during the incident.
Thanks to their immediate response, Fernando’s arm was successfully reattached.

Still, recognition for the heroic deed has not stopped pouring in.

The CGHMC offered Jandic a one-year residency as an orthopedic surgeon and granted her own clinic inside the hospital.

“We will also award her with a plaque of recognition and cash rewards for her brave act”, said chief executive officer Dr. James Dy, CEO of the hospital.

Jandic, along with Agustin, also recently received the Kabayan Bayani Award from the party-list group and got cash incentives and plaques that cited them for their kindness and concern for others.

Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara also acknowledged Jandic’s efforts when he authored Senate Bill 1573, which provides for establishment, supervision and regulation of emergency medical services.

“We are thankful that there is a passenger with medical training who rendered help immediately. But we can never be sure that in incidents like this there would be someone like Dr. Jandic who could help. That’s why we are pushing for the passage of the Emergency Medical Services System Act,” he said.

When The Manila Times asked her on how lapses in public transportation could be further addressed, Jandic
expressed her hope for the government to make a “long-term investment” in improving its performance so as to lessen accidents.

“Prioritize the commuters’ safety because it goes both ways anyway. If the commuters feel safe with the particular service, they don’t have a reason to keep on complaining” she said.

Since the freak accident, the MRT 3 has been in hot water for consecutive system glitches and allegedly “poor performance” in serving its passengers.

“In reality, the riding public faces so many of the MRT 3’s structural and technical time bombs that put in serious doubt the Department of Transportation’s assurance that it is still safe to ride these trains,” Sen. Grace Poe said in an interview.

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