Maasin City earmarks P1-M health insurance for indigents
By Erna Gorne
Maasin City (12 February) -- The first batch of eight barangays were able to receive their respective Philhealth insurance cards for their less fortunate residents here so far, Mayor Maloney Samaco reported during his weekly radio program, Maasin City In Action, over DyDM radio station last Tuesday.
Among the seventy barangays in Maasin City, the first batch of barangays to receive their Philhealth cards were Barangays Pasay, Maria Clara, Ibarra, Sto. Rosa, Isagani, Asuncion, Mantahan and Mambajao.
According to Phihealth Provincial Head Misael Paigan, some 1,212 indigents were enrolled to the national health insurance in Maasin City which covers the period from January 1 up to December 31, 2009.
Mayor Maloney Samaco reported that the city government has appropriated Php 1 million for their counterpart in the annual payment of the premiums of the health insurance of the selected indigent families in all of the barangays in the city.
Together with the city councils, Mayor Samaco led in the distribution of Philhealth cards down at the barangay levels so that indigents need not to spend their money just to get their cards. That to personally distribute the health insurance cards at their respective barangay halls in a way brings the government services closer to the people, he added.
Mayor Samaco said that his administration also looks forward to serve the poor residents in the city not only in the infrastructure needs but is also concerned of the health condition of the local residents.
More funds intended to provide additional health insurance for the indigents coming from Congressman Roger Mercado of the lone district of Southern Leyte were expected to be infused with the local funds in order to respond to the health needs in the city, while Provincial Governor Damian Mercado earlier distributed Philihealth cards to Maasin City residents. (PIA) [top]