By LITO RULONA
SOME 50,000 indigents in the city could now avail a PhilHealth program that will cover the costs of hospitalization and medicine, the chief of the newly formed City Hall’s Health Insurance Office (CHIO) announced.
Dr. William Bernardo, CHIO newly-appointed department head said they assured the initial 50,000 Kagayanons can avail the city government’s program on financial health protection especially through sponsored health benefits.
Bernardo announced after the City Council’s Committee on Health, Sanitation, and Health Insurance of the 18th Council approved the proposal of the CHIO for the creation of 18 regular plantilla positions.
City councilor Maria Lourdes Gaane, Committee Chair, led the panel of four committee members – councilors Reuben Daba, George Goking, Jay Pascual, and Suzette Magtajas-Daba – in approving Bernardo’s request.
Bernardo said this would promote the efficient implementation of the PhilHealth program in the City.
To recall, City Mayor Oscar Moreno enrolled 50,000 indigents into the PhilHealth program.
“Gawas sa Philhealth naa sab kita’y sub-function. This will include more verification of members information sheet. Tininuod kini og walay binuang. Gatabang usab kita sa other health programs of the city like Maternal Care Package, Non-Communicable Diseases, and Health DOTS for tuberculosis patients,” said Bernardo.
Bernardo said under Republic Act (RA) 7875, as amended by RA 10606, otherwise known as The National Health Insurance Act of 2013 under Section 6 states that: “All citizens of the Philippines shall be covered by the National Health Insurance Program.
He added the program is compulsory to all provinces, cities, and municipalities across the country.