FSCAP prexy airs concern over new Philhealth policy PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 December 2011 15:22

Mrs. Corazon C. Herico, president of the Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines-Zamboanga City Chapter has expressed deep concern over the plight of many members of the senior citizens who are beneficiaries of the Philhealth program, whose privileges and benefits may no longer be extended by January 2012.

Mrs. Herico said under the sponsorship policy, only those who are included in the list of the National Housing Targeting System or NHTS, in a survey conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program or 4Ps are eligible for the Philhealth sponsored program.

She said that of the 27,792 beneficiaries of the city government only over 5,000 are in the list of the NHTS and of this figure, there are several members of the senior citizens group who are truly indigents and deserving of continuous assistance from the government.

“Numas era el gobierno descansa o corta el ayuda con el maga tiene ya edad y hinde na bueno el maga salud pati nuway con quien ta man sandig o depende para masquin diutay ayuda financial. Despues de todo, poco tiempo ya lang man.” said Herico in chabacano.

According to her, this sentiment is not felt by her alone but also by all the officers of the federation.

The federation is likewise encouraging all other organizations and individuals who are to be affected by this new policy like barangay officials,  persons with disabilities, members of the Rural Improvement Club, members of media and other sectors include in the city’s Philhealth program to appeal to the president of the country and all other concerned agencies for reconsideration and to continue with the assistance through Philhealth.

She said several urban poor organizations have already done their share so it is only proper that the rest follow and if possible join organized mass peaceful rallies and to voice their sentiments.

“E! bata no llora- no mama”. — Antonio G. Fernando/ PIO- FSCAP