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San Juan City: On with 'PhilHealth Sabado' June 28, 2011

EVERYTHING was all set the night before the 'PhilHealth Sabado' activity at the San Juan Gymnasium in San Juan City. But the heavy rains caused flooding along A. Luna Street, and in barangays Progreso and Balongbato, prompting residents from these areas to move to the gymnasium temporarily. The 'PhilHealth Sabado' site instantly became an evacuation center.

Still, the advocacy and registration activity pushed through, this time at the second floor of the gymnasium. By 9:00 a.m., it was all systems go for NCR Central's team led by OIC-Branch Manager Dr. Raul Tuquero as the advocacy video presentation started educating members on their rights and responsibilities, as well as on the benefits that they may avail themselves of. Tuquero, along with Roland Gonzales, Quezon City Service Office Head, answered queries from members during the information activity.

Sponsored members under the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) from barangays Balongbato, Batis, Corazon de Jesus, St. Joseph, Isabelita, Onse, Pedro Cruz, Tibagan, Progreso, Rivera, Salapan and Sta. Lucia were given their PhilHealth ID cards. Present during the ID distribution rites were PhilHealth Area Vice President for NCR and North Luzon Gregorio C. Rulloda, DOH Undersecretary Dr. Teodoro Herbosa, DOH Director for CHD-Metro Manila Dr. Eduardo Janairo, San Juan Association of Barangay Captains President Allen Silvano, DILG Regional Director for NCR Renato Brion, San Juan DSWD Head Jessica Quitor and San Juan City Health Officer Dr. Jesus Esteban Olano.

Rulloda was also interviewed by GMA-7's John Gary Candelaria on the services available onsite, as well as on the medical care benefits that members are entitled to.

At the end of the 'PhilHealth Sabado' activity, a total of 147 PhilHealth ID cards, 122 member data records (MDRs) and 86 PhilHealth Member Registration Forms (PMRFs) were distributed to individually paying members. Membership concerns of some 198 individuals were also addressed, 26 PMRFs were given out to prospective lifetime members, and about a hundred residents attended the IEC activity. Total premium collections for the day reached P35,100.00.

The heavy downpour certainly did not stop residents of San Juan City from taking advantage of PhilHealth's presence in the area. The 'PhilHealth Sabado' eventually capped the celebration of its third anniversary as a highly-urbanized city. (END)

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