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PIA Press Release
2009/02/17

Philhealth awards partner-stakeholders in Southern Leyte

By Bong Pedalino

Maasin City (February 17) -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) field office based here has given out citations to some private and public offices, including local government units (LGUs), in recognition for the outstanding support these entities had extended in carrying out the agency's mandate.

The giving of awards, which was held at the Supercha restaurant here this morning, formed part of Philhealth's 14th anniversary celebration this year, an occasion that also served as the launching pad for its "Oplan Universal Coverage."

Cited as best employer for the national government agency level was the provincial office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-PENRO) headed by PENRO Ranulfo Arbiol.

For the LGU level, the best employer award went to the municipality of Saint Bernard. The commendation was received by Liza Figuracion in behalf of Mayor Rico Rentuza who could not attend because today is also the third anniversary commemoration of the Guinsaugon tragedy.

For the private sector, the recognition went to Saint Joseph College (SJC), an institution of learning here in the city, through Crispin Arong, Executive Vice-Preident.

The "Most Active Friends of Philhealth Volunteer" went to the National Statistics Office (NSO) represented by Lourdes Konasala, NSO employee.

For the "Most Number of Enrolled Sponsored Program Members" the municipality of Hinunangan was cited, and Mayor Romeo Gomez himself got the award in behalf of his town.

Hinunangan LGU enrolled 2,353 members, and this was more than 100% compliance for the required indigents' coverage, it was learned.

The provincial government of Southern Leyte was also cited for the many indigents enrolled, with Dodie Hernandez, a staff at the Governor's office, receiving the award in behalf of Gov. Mercado, who was in Manila attending a meeting with the League of Governors.

A special award went to Landbank-Maasin Branch, through its Manager, Regoberto Mondoy, for prompt submission of reports.

The awarding rites was attended by Dr. Elizabeth Fernandez, the Regional Vice-President of Philhealth Regional Office 8 who handed out the awards together with Misael Paigan, the provincial branch head. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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