Indigents in 1st district get PhilHealth cards
TUBUNGAN Mayor Victor Gargaritano Jr. (5th from right) and some barangay captains receive the PhilHealth cards for his indigent constituents from Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. during the ceremonial distribution at the Guimbal gymnasium on July 6, 2011. Also in photo are (from left): Board Member Macario Napulan, Vice Gov. Richard Garin, and Aambis-Owa partylist Rep. Sharon Garin. (ECGarcia)
BARANGAY captains and locals officials of seven 1st district towns of Iloilo gathered at the Guimbal gymnasium for the distribution of PhilHealth cards for indigents amidst the rainy weather Wednesday).
A total of 13,636 PhilHealth cards handed out to indigents of the district identified in the National Household Targeting Survey (NHTS) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Present during the distribution were Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., Vice Governor Richard Garin, Board Member Macario Napulan, PSWDO chief Neneth Pador, Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) Director Oscar Garin, Aambis-Owa partylist Rep. Sharon Garin, and 1st district Rep. Janette Garin.
Town mayors present were Christine Garin (Guimbal), Vincent Flores (Oton), Victor Gargaritano Jr. (Tubungan), Vicente Escorpion Jr. (Igbaras), Ninfa Garin (San Joaquin). The towns of Tigbauan and Miagao were represented by their Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) presidents.
Defensor said the distribution of PhilHealth cards to indigents is a big help to the beneficiaries considering the high cost of medical services.
He said there is no politics behind the selection of beneficiaries since it is based on the list provided by the national government.
The PhilHealth coverage for the indigents was sponsored by the Department of Health (DOH) in which Iloilo province has a total of 92,219 recipients.
Earlier, the provincial government distributed PhilHealth cards for 8,136 barangay service volunteers composed of Barangay Health Workers (BHW), Barangay Service Point Officers (BSPO), and Day Care Workers (DCW).
Defensor allotted P20 million in the 2011 budget for the enrolment of all BHWs, DCWs and BSPOs in PhilHealth.
Defensor envisions PhilHealth coverage to all the indigents in the province with the help of the local government units. (ECGarcia)