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2010/02/01

PhilHealth 10 lauds creation of Misamis Oriental PHIO

by Merlyn H. Ybañez

Cagayan de Oro City (1 February) -- THE PhilHealth Regional Office (PhRO X) in Cagayan de Oro lauded Governor Oscar S. Moreno, Vice-Governor Noris C. Babiera, and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for the creation of the first and only provincial department in the country primarily tasked to implement the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP).

The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Misamis Oriental, under the stewardship of Vice-Governor Babiera, passed Ordinance 1161-2009 on November 16, 2009, creating the Provincial Health Insurance Office (PHIO).

Hence, Gov. Moreno signed the ordinance into law on January 20, 2010.

The newly created PHIO seeks to provide the people of Misamis Oriental with the mechanism to gain financial access to quality health care services via enrolment in PhilHealth.

Misamis Oriental has enrolled 170,000 indigent families into PhilHealth’s sponsored program or roughly 850,000 beneficiaries. This is the second biggest provincial enrolment of indigent members in the country and gives 90% of the provincial population access to PhilHealth benefits.

PhRO X Regional Vice President Datu Masiding M. Alonto, Jr., noted Governor Moreno’s political will in putting high priority to social security and ensuring insurance coverage to the least privileged and most susceptible sector.

He also cited the upgrading to secondary level of the PhilHealth accreditation of the four (4) of MisOr’s seven (7) provincial hospitals in the last three (3) years. These are the Provincial Hospitals at Manticao, Initao, Talisayan, and Balingasag. This would entitle PhilHealth patients to more benefits at the hospitals and generate more hospital income.

He added that with the ongoing construction of a new provincial hospital at Alubijid, Misamis Oriental, would now really enhance its health care delivery system.

RVP Alonto assured that PhilHealth will continue to support the programs of Governor Moreno and strengthen its partnership in health with Misamis Oriental for the benefit of the people. (PhRO X) [top]

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