At least 11 Moro Islamic Liberation Front – Project Management Team (MILF-PMT) members attended the Hands-on Training on Philhealth’s Strenghtening and Guaranteeing Insurance for the Poor (SAGIP) Module in Cotabato City lately. 
MILF-PMTs on their actual training for Philhealth SAGIP  in Cotabato City
This is an information system that will be installed in the Local Government Units to be linked with the Department of Health’s Watching Over Mothers and Babies (WOMB) and Department of Social Welfare and Development’s Sustaining Interventions in Poverty Alleviation and Governance (SIPAG) for social services intervention particularly on the technical and skills training, livelihood and employment assistance. ” 

We really mean to have a sustainable membership and benefit coverage particularly for the Sponsored Members of Bangsamoro which will eventually be expanded to Individually Paying Members and OFW Members,” Dennis Lloyd A. Lee from Philhealth Information Technology and Management Department said.  

From DOH’s WOMB, DSWD’s SIPAG and Philhealth’s SAGIP, members will be financed for their social health insurance needs, trained skillfully to become productive in order to be economically independent and capable of paying their contributions. 

Microfinance assistance, registration of non-NHTS (National Household Targeting System) members, monitoring of economic status and social intervention through the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers shall be undertaken by LGUs. 

It is also designed to maintain or improve their membership level with Philhealth and hope to improve services through efficient infrastructure to be provided by the Corporation. 

During the open forum, former Chief of the Field Operations Division, now designated as Officer-In-Charge Regional Vice President of Philhealth XII, Dr. Miriam Grace G. Pamonag said that ”it is easy to enroll with Philhealth however, the real battle is during hospitalization.”

"We honor whatever you encode in the system but it is also important to validate the entry. There is no doubt that Philhealth will be very flexible about it. We hope to come up wth a policy that fits to your need. Rest assured that all issues and concerns raised from this forum will be forwarded to the Central Office,” Pamonag added. 

In case of other Philhealth concerns, the team was advised to coordinate with the Local Health Insurance Office in Cotabato City headed by Sharihana G. Sali or Philhealth Regional Office Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao under by Atty. Khaliquzzaman Macabato. 

"Before the end of the year, we hope to achieve more. The National Health Insurance Program is ours. As owner of the program we have the obligation and responsibilities to take care of it. Let’s join hands to work this out for the benefit of the next generation. When we see each other I hope we can altogether memorize our vision that "Bawat Filipino Miyembro, Bawat Miyembro Protektado, Kalusugan Natin Segurado. Let us nurture the partnership," Pamonag concluded. (hanah g. naanep)
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