Cagayan de Oro City – A total of 1,211 new registrants in the region have been enrolled as members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation in its nationwide registration campaign for health access dubbed "PhilHealth Sabado. Magseguro. Magparehistro Part II"
PhilHealth 10 Regional Vice President Datu Masiding M. Alonto, Jr. said that the PhilHealth Sabado Part II is a replication of the PhilHealth Sabado conducted on October 2, 2010. It aimed to enroll parents of public schoolchildren and all Filipinos who are not yet members of PhilHealth but have the financial capability to personally pay for their PhilHealth premium contributions tounder the Individually Paying Program and have access to financial protection for their hospitalization needs.
Eighteen public schools in the region were identified by the Department of Education as PhilHealth Registration Desks or registration sites. Four of these registration desks were in Cagayan de Oro City, four were in Lanao del Norte, three were in Ozamiz City, one each in Gingoog City and Camiguin and five were in Bukidnon. All the sites opened from 8:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m. and accepted PhilHealth Member Registration Forms (PMRF) and accommodated queries from the members.
Apart from registering new members, an orientation about the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) was also conducted to further educate the members about their PhilHealth benefits, how and where these may be availed of as well as their duties and responsibilities as members.
Alonto said that other services were also provided such as the acceptance of premium contributions, issuance of PhilHealth Identification Card, updating and printing of Member Data Record (MDR).
Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary Nemesio Gako of the Department of Health (DOH) together with PhilHealth officers, visited the different sites to observe the registration activity. He called on all the heads of families listed in the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) to coordinate closely with their local government units for the availability of their PhilHealth Cards.
The one-day registration activity was organized by an inter-agency committee spearheaded by the DOH and participated in by the Departments of Education (DepEd), Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in collaboration with the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC).
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