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PIA Press Release

Orientation on universal health care program conducted

by BA Recebido

Sorsogon City (23 September) -- The Department of Health (DOH and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), in collaboration with its partner agencies, spearheaded here on Tuesday (September 21) the one-day orientation and organizational meeting in preparation for the Nationwide PhilHealth Registration Day set on October 2, 2010.

The upcoming activity is in consonance with President Benigno C. Aquino's priority agenda to ensure that all Filipinos, especially the indigents, to have access to quality health care services through universal health care in three year-time.

PhilHealth Bicol focal person for Sorsogon Jindra Mingoy said that membership coverage of the poor and the informal sectors remains inadequate due to poor targeting system, unsustained enrolment, inaccessible accredited facilities and poor awareness regarding PhilHealth entitlement and processes.

"With P-Noy's priority now of ensuring quality health care services to all Filipinos, it is expected that these concerns will be addressed. In fact, in Sorsogon alone, some 40, 726 indigents identified through the National Household Targeting System - Proxy Means Test (NHTS-PMT) of Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) are likely to gather at the Sorsogon Provincial Gymnasium on October 2 to register," she said.

She further added that interested registrants may still visit the nearest PhilHealth office, selected public schools or the local DSWD counterparts in their respective localities for further details.

Meanwhile, in support to the program, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Sorsogon Information Center has crafted canned radio plug distributed to local broadcast media here.

The DOH as the lead agency, on the other hand, is helped by the DILG in engaging local chief executives in the enrollment of indigents identified by the DSWD in their respective jurisdictions, while the Department of Education (DepEd) helps conduct Information Education Campaign (IEC) among parents through their Parent-Teachers Association (PTA) to encourage them to register and become Philhealth members. (PIA Sorsogon/mal) [top]

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