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PhilHealth, OPAPP Assess Implementation of SHI Program for Former Combatants February 21, 2018

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) together with the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) recently assessed the implementation of the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) and Sajahatra Bangsamoro health insurance program in the former’s Head Office in Pasig City.

When the PAMANA Project was first implemented in 2013, PhilHealth was able to enrol 723 beneficiaries or 11.12 percent of the total 6,500 target enrolees. The figure increased to 3,306 or 50.86 percent in 2014. It further climbed to 11,405 or 57.31 percent of the targeted 19,901 beneficiaries in 2015; then to 14,514 or 65.04 percent of the 22,319 target in 2016, and to 17,425 or 68.30 percent out of the 25,512 target in 2017.

Likewise, the actual enrolment of Sajahatra Bangsamoro reached 3,679 in 2013, 11,238 in 2014, 22,710 in 2015, and 20,300 in 2017.

Ojano assured PhilHealth that the program will still continue despite the stall in negotiations with rebel groups. “The implication of “no talks” with the NPAs will not affect PhilHealth, it’s just that the thrust of PAMANA now is more focused on areas/communities and not on personalities since it is not only the combatants that are affected by the conflict but the whole community as well,” Ojano said.

This year, the national government has appropriated P54 million for PAMANA program and P54.5 million for Sajahatra Bangsamoro program for the health insurance benefits of about 22,514 and 22,709 beneficiaries, respectively. (END) (By Michelle S. Nisperos; Photos by Jose Mari Sanvicente)

(Reference: Dr. Israel Francis A. Pargas, Head Executive Assistant and Concurrent OIC-Vice President for Corporate Affairs Group, Cel No. 0917-8089399)

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