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All set for National PhilHealth registration in Eastern Visayas

Tacloban City (September 29) -- Preparations have been completed with regards to the holding of the National PhilHealth Registration on October 2 in Eastern Visayas.

PhilHealth Regional Vice President Walter R. Bacareza informed that a motorcade dubbed as ?Drive for Health? will be conducted at 7:30 in the morning of October 1 in order to drumbeat the National PhilHealth Registration Day on October 2.

The nationwide PhilHealth registration is in response to President Benigno Aquino III's marching orders to attain universal PhilHealth coverage in three years.

For this year, the regional task force, which is composed of the DOH, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Education (DepEd), have targeted the registration of about 55,300 new members region-wide, especially the poor and the marginalized.

The registration new members is being targeted by the Region through the massive registration by setting up PhilHealth desks in all PhilHealth offices in Catarman, Northern Samar; Catbalogan, Samar; Calbayog City; Borongan, Eastern Samar; Ormoc City; Maasin City; Tacloban and Naval in Biliran.

Other registration sites have been set up at the Sta. Fe Municipal Gym at Santa Fe, Leyte; Tacloban City Astrodome; Baybay, Leyte Gym, and Ormoc City Superdome in the province of Leyte, Mr. Relador informed.

Other sites are Eastern Samar Capitol Lobby in Borongan; Freedom Park in Catarman, Northern Samar; Calbayog City Gym; Maasin City Gym; Catbalogan Municipal Gym and Biliran Capitol grounds in Naval.

Philhealth Information Desks will also be set up at the Robinsons Place, EVRMC and Pschistosomiasis Hospital in Palo, Leyte.

Among the Philhealth registration sites are two in Baybay, Leyte; one at the fifth class municipality of Sta. Fe, also in Leyte; one at the Tacloban Convention Center and another at Robinsons Place Tacloban.

The Department of Health and Philhealth have targeted the registration of 55,300 new members region-wide, especially the poor and the marginalized.

In Sta. Fe alone, about 500 4P?s beneficiaries will be registered and given their cards. Another 1,200 will be registered as identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development will be registered.

The activity aims to enroll the remaining Filipino citizens who are at least 21 years of age and non-members of the program. It is also open to 18 to 20 year olds who may need to register; existing contributors who are still unregistered; those not issued their PhilHealth Number Card or Family Health Card yet; and those already registered but who may want to update their membership profile with PhilHealth.

The program mainly targets those from the self-employed and informal sector who comprise some 53 percent of the population and of which a substantial portion can afford to pay for health insurance as individually paying members (IPMs).

On the other hand, the low income as well as those without the means to pay will benefit from sponsorships where the national and local governments and other sponsors shoulder the premiums for their annual coverage. (PIA 8) [top]

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