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DOH, PhilHealth to launch NPRD in Caraga

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

Butuan City (15 September) -- The Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in coordination with other partner agencies will launch the Nationwide PhilHealth Registration Day (NPRD) dubbed as "PhilHealth Sabado, Magseguro, Magparehistro" on October 2, 2010 in Caraga region.

In a press conference spearheaded by DOH, Ms. Parley Buyan, PhilHealth-Caraga Information Officer said that their office with DOH and other partner agencies are calling all Caraganons who are not yet members of PhilHealth to register on Oct. 2 and be counted among the millions who are now covered by the government?s health insurance program.

"The whole-day registration activity nationwide is aimed at ensuring that all Filipinos could gain access to financial protection for their hospitalization needs thru PhilHealth," Buyan added.

DOH-Caraga Information Officer - Ms. Sunshine Alipayo also said that the purpose of the said activity is to better inform the public about PhilHealth member?s benefits, rights, responsibilities, and to encourage and facilitate registration and membership.

Alipayo further said that all regional and service offices of PhilHealth, as well as the DOH?s Center for Health Development and DOH-retained hospitals nationwide have been identified as access points for the registration activity. Other registration venues in the provinces of Caraga will be announced as soon as these are confirmed with the Department of Education (DepEd) and participating local government units.

It was also learned that the desks will be manned by PhilHealth personnel who will assist the registrants in the entire registration procedure.

Also, during the whole-day event, indigent families who are listed under the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) will also be issued their PhilHealth number cards in venues to be identified by the LGUs.

For more information, contact PhilHealth-Caraga at (085) 341-6488 thru Ms. Parley Buyan or DOH-Caraga at (085) 341-2579 thru Ms. Sunshine Alipayo. (PIA-Caraga/DOH-13) [top]

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