Thursday, June 23, 2011

All set for PhilHealth Sabado Part 2 in Western Mindanao

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - The PhilHealth Regional Office in Western Mindanao is all set for the second part of the Nationwide PhilHealth Registration Day on Saturday in four different registration sites.

Dubbed as “PhilHealth Sabado. Magseguro. Magparehistro,” the whole day event aims to increase public awareness on PhilHealth member’s benefits, rights and responsibilities and to facilitate the registration and membership of those who are not yet covered by the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP), especially the poorest of the poor sector of the country.

The PhilHealth Sabado Part 2 will be held at the following venues in the region - Tumaga Elementary School in Zamboanga City; Balangasan Elementary School in Pagadian City; Roxas Central School in Zamboanga del Norte; and Ipil Central School in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

Those who are not yet PhilHealth members but who have the financial means to pay for their premium contributions are enjoined to register on June 25 under the Individually Paying Program. Prospective registrants under this program must bring along birth certificate or any valid ID card and P300.00 as initial one – quarter premium payment.

The Department of Health will spearhead the activity in partnership with PhilHealth, Department of Education, Department of Social Welfare and Development , Department of Interior and Local Government and League of Cities of the Philippines, League of Provinces of the Philippines and League of Municipalities of the Philippines as members.

PhilHealth Service Offices in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula will also be opened for the event to facilitate verification, updating and printing of Member Data Record, verification and printing of premium contributions history as well as collections of PhilHealth premiums.

As a continuing thrust of NPRD, the Corporation has been training Advocates and Knowledge Officers from different public schools to organize orientation – seminars on PhilHealth member’s benefits, rights and responsibilities through general assemblies, PTA meetings, school fairs and similar events which are attended by the students’ parents.

AKOs are also expected to assist the Corporation in establishing PhilHealth desks in public schools.

PhilHealth Regional Vice President Romeo Alberto said public schools have been targeted as registration sites for the PhilHealth Sabado Part 2 to emphasize the roles of AKOs in these institutions. (Jeanilyn Ramos)

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