Celso distributes PhilHealth cards to 11,495 indigent folk PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 October 2012 14:12

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday led in the distribution of PhilHealth insurance cards to 11,495 indigent residents from 20 priority barangays of this city at the Vitaliano Agan gymnasium in Tetuan.

“This is one program of the government that we hope you will not use because that means you are in good health. But if you get sick, at least you have something to use or pay for your hospitalization,” Lobregat told the PhilHealth beneficiaries who filled the gym to the rafters.

With him were his brother Jomar together with Councilors Lilia Nuño, Percival Ramos, Nonong Guingona, Rudy Lim, Gerky Valesco and VP Elago. Also assisting in the distribution were PhilHealth Regional Office personnel headed by Edward Faustino and Venus.

Also present were Evelyn las Marias, officer-in-charge of the City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), former CSWD officer Francisco Barredo, former councilor Elong Natividad, FBARKAZA President Art Onrubia, Urban Poor Association President Violy Alejandro and BG Guingona. House Deputy Speaker and District 1 Rep. Beng Climaco was also on hand.

The beneficiaries were sponsored by the national government through the PhilHealth and were identified through the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Of the total number of beneficiaries, 1,406 from Arena Blanco, 174- Camino Nuevo, 136- Canelar, 212- Guiwan, 1,624- Mampang, 1,024- Mariki, 356- Putik, 1,240- Rio Hondo, 348- San Jose Gusu, 1,174- Sta. Catalina, 167- Sta. Maria, 119- Sto. Nino, 1,182- Talon-Talon, 392- Tetuan, 405- Tumaga, 75- Zone 1, 168- Zone 2, 22- Zone 3 and 216 from Zone 4.

Yesterday’s PhilHealth card distribution also coincided with the launching of PhilHealth’s strategy dubbed Mobile, Orientation, Validation and Enrolment Scheme (MOVES) designed to properly inform, guide and empower the member-beneficiaries.

Zamboanga City was chosen as PhilHealth MOVES launching site for the entire Mindanao area.

Meanwhile, Philhealth also handed over to Mayor Lobregat a symbolic check for P12,716,510.00, representing the total monthly allocation for 250 families at P500/monthly each for the 1st and 2nd quarters of 2012.

However, the money will not go directly to the member-beneficiaries as it will be used by the city government for the programs and services for the barangay health centers in a bid to reduce poverty incidence. — Vic Larato