PhilHealth Supports AIHO’s Call to Address IP’s Health Concerns

“We are PhilHealth members but we don’t know our benefits and no idea how to avail of them,” Indigenous Leader from Brgy. Wasay, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat, Jonalyn Mago said during the round table discussion with representatives from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), LGU Kalamansig, PhilHealth12,DSWD12, DOH12, Cotabato Regional Medical Center (CRMC) and others who joined the same in Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat lately.

L-R: Nona Mayo, Jonalyn Magon and Jose Sobong, IP leaders from Brgy. Wasay, Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat who talked about their issues and concerns on the process of availing their benefits from PhilHealth during the round table discussion at LGU Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat on October 16, 2018

Kalamansig Mayor Ronan Eugene Garcia said that the meeting was intentionally conducted to settle the issue and to provide them the necessary response and support.

Since their basic problem is more on the non-availability of their birth certificates and marriage contracts, Garcia ordered free issuance of their legal documents by the Office of his Local Civil Registrar (LCR).

They too shall undergo on the job training with LCR in the process of registering their fellow IPs since they will serve as the point person of said agency in their respective community.

To help facilitate their hospitalization needs, Cotabato Regional Medical Center representative, Flordeliza Saliling requested the mayor to delegate an IP who would help their kinfolk like what LGU Upi is doing with IPs from their area.

DSWD 12 encouraged them to attend regular meetings for regular updates not only about PhilHealth but also other social services especially the program on 4Ps.

Being members under PhilHealth’s Indigent Program, they are entitled to avail of free check-up, free diagnostic services and free drugs and medicines.

They too can have free hospitalization benefits in a government facility on a ward type of accommodation under the No Balance Billing Policy with P-CARES to assist them during admission.

To let them understand further about other rules and regulations in terms of enrolment, renewal and availment procuders, PhilHealth has set another schedule for thorough orientation and for other possible mechanism of bringing the services closer to them.

In response, Mago and her fellow leader thanked UNICEF and others who immediately have given their immediate support.

UNICEF as the lead agency of this Alliance for Improving Health Outcomes, Inc. (AIHO) recorded every commitment undertaken by each agency for monitoring purposes.

Another collaborative meeting with the same participants is set to be conducted by December this year. # (hanah g. naanep, PRO III)

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