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'PhilHealth Sabado II' Set for June 25June 15, 2011

ON Saturday, June 25, all roads will lead to selected public elementary schools for the second Nationwide PhilHealth Registration Day (NPRD).

The massive registration and advocacy activity aims to bring into the National Health Insurance Program (NHIP) new registrants and ensure their access to quality health care services. The activity primarily aims to enlist parents and family members of public school students who are not yet PhilHealth members. People whose lives revolve around the school, such as utility personnel who are not yet PhilHealth members are also being eyed for membership registration.

"Apart from registering new members, our goal is to educate them, as well as existing members, about the medical care benefits under the NHIP," said PhilHealth President and CEO Dr. Rey B. Aquino, adding that " is important for our members to learn more about their benefits, and how these can be availed of."

Dubbed "PhilHealth Sabado. Magseguro. Magparehistro," the whole-day event is being organized by an inter-agency committee spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH). Aside from PhilHealth, other government agencies participating in the event are the Departments of Education (DepEd), Interior and Local Government (DILG), and Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Also collaborating for the event are the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), Leagues of Provinces, Cities, Municipalities and Barangays of the Philippines , as well as non-government, professional, youth and civic organizations.

Services that may be available at the different registration sites are acceptance of PhilHealth Member Registration Forms (PMRF), and premium contributions, as well as printing of PhilHealth ID and Member Data Records (MDRs). "There will also be an information, education and communication (IEC) activity at the venues to ensure intensified campaign on PhilHealth benefits," Aquino said.

New registrants are advised to bring supporting documents for family members to be declared as their dependents, and premium payment equivalent to at least one quarter's premium (P300.00). "The supporting documents are also required for those updating their MDRs," the PhilHealth Chief said.

Heads of families listed in the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) for Poverty Reduction are advised to coordinate closely with their local government units for the availability of their PhilHealth ID cards.

The list of registration sites will be released to the media as soon as the names of participating public schools are finalized. (END)

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