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Gov't, civil society in Masbate mobilized for Philhealth listup

by EA Delgado

Masbate City (23 September) -- The office here of the Department of Health (DOH) and its partners kicked off Tuesday (September 21) preparations in support of the massive registration for the government's health insurance program on Oct. 2, Saturday.

Norlinda Castillo of Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) said some 46,900 families identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development as the "poorest of the poor" in Masbate are targeted for the day-long registration which will be held in this city's crowded corners as part of what is billed as "Nationwide PhilHealth Registration Day."

In a briefing for representatives of agencies and non-government organizations that will take part in the event, Castillo said the national government has pledged to shoulder the cost of their insurance premiums-at least P1,200 yearly-as part of efforts to carry out President Aquino's promise to provide health care coverage to the country's poor within three years.

To be drummed into public awareness with the slogan "PhilHealth Sabado, Magseguro, Magparehistro," the event aims to instill in every citizen the value of a PhilHealth membership, which assures him or her and their dependents proper health service.

According to DOH's Pedro Lee who will oversee the registration in the three venues, the event also intends to enlist the self-employed under PhilHealth's "Individually Paying Program."

In a plan crafted during the briefing, the registration will be held in the local PhilHealth office, at the main public market here, and in the city's main park.

The local government units, local offices of the Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine National Police, Philippine Information Agency, DSWD and members of civil society and non-government organizations comprise the back-up team for DOH and PhilHealth. (PIA Masbate/mal) [top]

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