Philhealth President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eduardo P. Banzon turned over Php8.5M to RHU Bula during the First City Health Congress at the Phela Grande Convention Center, Gen. Santos City September 19, 2012. 
L-R: City Mayor, Darlene A. Custodio; Philhealth Pres and Chief Executive Officer, 
Dr. Edgardo P. Banzon and Bula Brgy Chairman, Eduardo T. Vargas 
during the awarding of 8.5M PFPR for the Rural Health Unit of  Bula Gen.Santos City


The 8.5M check represents 1st and 2nd quarter Per Family Payment Rate (PFPR) for 21,651 families sponsored by the Local Government Unit and 12,651 families sponsored by the National Government through the National Household Targeting System as of December 31, 2011. 

PFPR is the enhanced version of the capitation fund that Philhealth provides for health care facilities rendering outpatient care for sponsored members, organized groups and Overseases Filipino Workers including their qualified dependents. 

Primary care obligated services include BP measurement for hypertensive and non hype; periodic clinical breast examination for females, 25 years old and above, and visual inspection with acetic acid for females 25-55 years old with intact uterus. 

Other than primary care services, there are more preventive services and free drugs and medicines that these sponsored members may avail from accredited facilities; which, according to Banzon is the realization of the Universal Health Care (UHC) Program of the Aquino Health Agenda.

"Itong kalusugan pangkalahatan ay galing mismo sa utos ng Pangulo. Mahirap at mabigat ang hamon, pero kami ay sumasagot sa hamon. Taking care of the family is our primary care,” Banzon further said. 

Host of the First City Health Congress, City Mayor Darlene A. Custodio said that what they have in this congress is a showcase and a product of collective efforts by the government, DOH and other agencies. 

"We are here to think and thank about what we had been doing, what we have already done and the things we need to do more for our people. Awareness is the first step to recovery. They need to know about that,” she added. 

DOH Assistant Secretary, Dr. Romulo A. Busuego on the other hand said that Gen. Santos manifests articulately the implementation of the UHC Program by showing its three important thrusts; enhanced facilities, adoptation of financial risks protection through Philhealth and works for the three main health concerns of the Millenium Development Goal program. (hanah g. naanep, philhealthxii)

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