THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) recently entered into an agreement with the GT-Metro Foundation Inc. and the PAMBOTODA Transport Service and Multi-purpose cooperative for the enrollment of Pasay City's qualified tricycle drivers into PhilHealth's Partial Subsidy Scheme Program.
Dubbed "PhilHealth Para Sa Pasay," the program is expected to contribute to the attainment of the government's universal health care agenda by providing informal sector workers with affordable medical services through PhilHealth membership.
Under the agreement, GT-Metro Foundation will initially grant financial assistance to some 368 tricycle drivers who are willing to pay the monthly PhilHealth Premium for the succeeding years.
(L-R) Agrazamendez, Banzon, Sobrepeņa, Sevilla and Torres join hands as a sign of partnership commitments.
The signing ceremony , which was held at the Manila Tytana College in Pasay City, was led by PhilHealth Officers Dr. Eduardo P. Banzon, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walter R. Bacareza, OIC-Group Vice President of the Member Management Group, Dr. Elizabeth S. Fernandez, the Branch Manager of NCR-South, and Lemuel Untalan, OIC-Senior Manager of the Marketing and Collection Department.
Banzon stressed the importance of Public Private Partnership (PPP) in the attainment of Universal Health Care.
"We have to recognize that the challenge is in our hands. And so we'll be drawing a lot of ways to work with the national and local government's as well as the private sector. The only thing that we are happy now is the PPP agenda of the government that allows us to work closely with the private sector. Mas hindi na kami takot ngayon na babatikusin working with the private sector."
GT-Metro Foundation is a private family foundation of the Tys of the Metrobank Group established in October, 2009 as a means of focusing the family's philanthropic initiatives on health, environment and environmental health.(END)