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PIA Press Release
2010/09/25

CAR ready for 'PhilHealth Sabado' on Oct. 2

by Redjie Cawis

Baguio City (25 September) -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation has set October 2, 2010 as the Nationwide Philhealth Registration Day.

The nationwide registration dubbed as the "PhilHealth Sabado, Magseguro, Magparehistro", is a one day registration activity aimed at enlisting Filipinos who are not yet members of PhilHealth but have the financial capability to personally pay their premium contributions.

According to Department of Health Regional Director Myrna Cabotaje, there are registration areas identified for each of the provinces and city in the region.

In Baguio City, the event will be held at the Melvin Jones Grandstand.

In Benguet, it will be at the Provincial Gymnasium in La Trinidad. In Ifugao, the event will be at the Lagawe Central School Gymnasium in Poblacion, Lagawe.

The venue in Mountain Province is at the Multipurpose Building at the Rizal Plaza in Bontoc while in Abra, it will be at the Provincial Capitol Atrium in Bangued.

In Kalinga it will be held at the People's Gymnasium in barangay Dagupan, Tabuk and at the Luna Gymnasium in Poblacion, Luna for Apayao.

The activity will be held from 8 o'clock in the morning until 5 o'clock in the afternoon in all the identified areas.

The access points will be manned by PhilHealth personnel who will assist the registrants in the entire registration procedure.

The main target of the activity to register are those indigent families who have been identified under the National Household Targeting System of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

According to Cabotaje, Philhealth has identified 12, 000 individuals for the Cordillera region based on recent NHTS. She added that the informal sector such as drivers, vendors and other self employed individuals will mostly benefit from this registration.

The registration is also open to all who are capable of paying their quarterly premium of P300.00, at least 21 years of age, or even minor age who are now earning and have a family to support especially those who have not been given a PhilHealth Card Number, those who have already been paying their contributions but are not yet registered, and those who have turned inactive PhilHealth members so that they will become active members again.

Retirees and pensioners may also register under the Lifetime Member Program. Relatives of Overseas Filipino Workers -members may also verify the validity of the OFW's coverage.

This registration will also raise awareness and educate members about their PhilHealth benefits, how and where these may be availed of as well as on their duties and responsibilities as members.

The nationwide Philhealth Registration Day is in line with President Aquino's announcement in his first State of the Nation Address that there will be a universal coverage of all Filipinos by the PhilHealth. (PIA) [top]

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