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Philhealth 12 conducts forum with stakeholders

Koronadal City (5 February) -- Philhealth 12 has conducted a forum for the synchronization of validity period of family health cards. The forum was conducted with the local chief executives and other stakeholders involved in the implementation of Philhealth Indigent Program.

In a report furnished the Philippine Information Agency, Philhealth President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Rey B. Aquino graced the first batch attended by the participants from Sarangani, South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat area held on September 12, 2008 at Paseo del Sol, General Santos City.

The chairman of the Committee on Health of Cotabato province, Dr. Reynaldo Pader representing governor Jesus N. Sacdalan graced the second batch attended by participants from Cotabato City and Cotabato province area held on September 18, 2008 at Lady M Coffee Bar and Restaurant, in Kidapawan City.

"What is left undone in the implementation of this program lies in our hands. To date, 91,274 families or 89% of the annual target by Philhealth Central office are already covered," Philhealth 12 AVP Ramon Aristoza said.

The mechanics of synchronization, advisories and other related concerns including letter with their corresponding proposal for families to be registered were all enclosed inside the kit for the Local Chielf Executive to be considered in their budget proposal for CY 2009.

"I take my hats off to AVP Aristoza for the all out campaign in addressing the needs and plight of our people," Dr. Pader said.

On behalf of Governor Sacdalan and vice governor Piņol of Cotabato province, he said they are committed per Provincial Ordinance 428 to continually support the program.

"We will never beg off and back off from enrolling our people in the principle of universality because it is also through here where they can take off to no avail of their benefits from the Cotabato Health Insurance Program," Pader said.

He assured that the local leaders are united by 2009 to get involved in the synchronization of validity of family health cards to put everything in order.

The National Health Insurance program is the answer to our people's health care needs and improvement of our health care facilities. (hanah/ac agad PIA 12) [top]

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