Celso renews PhilHealth cards of 9,884 indigent beneficiaries PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 17:11

Mayor Celso Lobregat distributed yesterday morning the renewed PhilHealth cards to 9,884 indigent beneficiaries at the city coliseum in Tetuan, even as he lamented that the effectivity of the cards is only good for three months.

Of the total, 6,800 are indigent families as determined by the Barangay Affairs Office, 1,992 urban poor members under the Housing and Land Management Division, and 373 Persons with Disabilities, 225 members of the Rural Improvement Clubs.

Other beneficiaries are 216 senior citizens, 91 daycare workers, 67 TB Task Force members, 42 Barangay Nutrition Scholars, 35 deportees, 23 Child Care workers, 11 retired Barangay Health Workers and 9 job order employees of the city government.

The renewed PhilHealh cards cover the period from September 16 to December 31, 2011 only in compliance with the directive of PhilHealth, pending review of its new policy on PhilHealh sponsored program of local government units.

“This is not our fault. We wanted to extend our PhilHealh program. In fact, the budget has already been allocated for the purpose, but PhilHealth is still reviewing its policy for ‘indigent’ category,” Lobregat explained.

To recall, Lobregat has already sought reconsideration from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Health on the new PhilHealth sponsorship policy involving the local government units nationwide.

This, after the National Housing Targeting System survey showed that most of the previous PhilHealth beneficiaries sponsored by the local government units do not qualify under the so-called “poorest of the poor” category, thus prompting the national government thru PhilHealth Corporation to take over the PhilHealth sponsorship.

Lobregat said the city government has been sponsoring the PhilHealth insurance of the city’s indigent sectors now totaling more than 30,000 beneficiaries, and will continue to do so because funds for the purpose had already been allocated in the annual budget.

However, he said he is still waiting for the DILG’s approval of his request for consideration before the city government could continue its PhilHealth sponsored program.

Last September 1, Lobregat also renewed the PhilHealth insurance cards of 2,310 beneficiaries whose cards had expired in June this year.
Of the total renewals, 974 were indigents, 498 members of the Rural Improvement Club, 480 former barangay officials, 35 members of the local media, 67 militiamen, 175 senior citizens, 46 MDG Face members and 33 Persons with Disabilities. — Vic Larato