City allocates anew P21M for indigents’ Philhealth PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 20 April 2015 13:37

In line with the city’s priority program on health, the City Government allocated anew P21 million in its 2015 budget for the renewal of Philhealth insurance cards of 8,865 mostly underprivileged residents from the 98 barangays.

Mayor Beng Climaco together with Philhealth officials and staff led the distribution of the bulk of the Philhealth cards to the beneficiaries last Wednesday (April 15) at Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar. During her visits to the barangays for the Dia del Alcalde, the mayor has also distributed insurance cards.

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.

For each of the beneficiary, the City Government contributes P2, 400 for a year (January- December 2015) coverage of the health insurance. The total budget allocation for this 8,865 beneficiaries amount to P21.27M.

In previous years, similar amount was also spent by the local government for the city government-sponsored Philhealth program that ensures the beneficiaries of discounts and other benefits in times of hospitalization including use of laboratories for tests or examinations.

The Philhealth program falls under health advocacy, one of the three top priorities of the Climaco administration. The two others are security and education under the SHE program.

Mayor Climaco emphasizes that the Philhealth program forms part of the city’s thrust to ensure the well-being of its constituents particularly the less fortunate individuals. — Sheila Covarrubias