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PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 29, 2012


PhilHealth 17th anniversary features ‘Tiangge ng Manggagawa’

by Erlinda Olivia P. Tiu

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Jan. 29 (PIA) -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is spearheading this year’s nationwide observance of the month of February as National Health Insurance Month and its 17th anniversary celebration on Feb. 14.

Marimar Zabala, PhilHealth Tacloban information officer made the pronouncement during the ‘Suruswerte Ka’ PIA radio program over DYVL, saying that the state-run health insurance agency is currently gearing up for the annual celebration which has been institutionalized by Presidential Proclamation No. 1400 issued in 2007.

Among the activities which will be featured during the month-long celebration is the holding of Tiangge ng Manggawa on Feb. 13-15 at the PhilHealth Tacloban Office, Zabala said.

The tiangge will be held at the PhilHealth Office so that clients and members dropping by will not only be able to transact business with PhilHealth but will also be able to buy things they need at the tiangge, Zabala added.

Zabala called on the PhilHealth members who are exhibitors to contact the PhilHealth Tacloban Office on how to join the tiangge. This is also one way the PhilHealth could help its members, the information officer added. Other activities will be announced in later date, she said.

This year is considered a milestone as PhilHealth celebrates its 17th anniversary introducing innovations, better member benefits to be of better service to the members as it carries the administration’s Universal Health Care for all Filipinos program.

PhilHealth is very much a part of the Universal Health Care by ensuring that all Filipinos are given the financial access to quality health care through PhilHealth insurance, Zabala said.

An attached agency of the Department of Health, PhilHealth received the mandate to administer the former Medicare program for government and private sector employees from the Government Service Insurance System in 1997, the Social Security System in 1998, and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration in 2005. (PIA-8)

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