City allots P21M for indigents’ Philhealth PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 August 2014 11:55

The City Government has allocated P21 million for the renewal of Philhealth insurance cards of 8,857 mostly indigent beneficiaries from different barangays of the city.

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday motored to barangays Limpapa, Labuan and Sinubong in the west coast to distribute the Philhealth cards through the barangay councils concerned.

Last week, the distribution was done in Manicahan in the east coast, also through the barangay Council. The distribution coincided with the conduct of the Dia del Alcalde.

Aside from indigents, other beneficiaries of the City Government-sponsored Philhealth program are barangay officials including tanods, barangay intelligence network and SCAA members, persons with disabilities, barangay nutrition scholars, members of the Rural Improvement Club, senior citizens, members of the urban poor groups, job order employees of the City Government, barangay nutrition scholars and TB Task Force members. New members are pregnant women, new barangay officials and those implementing the Security, Health and Education (SHE) program.

The Philhealth program falls under the health advocacy, one of the three top priorities of the Climaco administration. Through the city government’s sponsorship, each member’s contribution to Philhealth is P2,400 for a period of one year.

With Philhealth insurance cards, the people are assured of discounts and other benefits under the program in times of hospitalization including laboratory tests or examinations.

Mayor Climaco stressed that the program is an affirmation that barangay folks are given importance by the local government. “Quiere came con ustedes manda sabe que hinde lang came ta consentra na centro del Ciudad, ta anda tamen gayot came aqui con ustedes cay este de ustedes barangay es importante parte del 98 barangay del Ciudad de Zamboanga.”

The distribution of the Philhealth cards in Limpapa, Labuan and Sinubong yesterday coincided with the distribution of school bags to high school students in the said barangays. The bag distribution is a personal advocacy of the mayor.— Sheila Covarrubias