GINGOOG CITY- Upholding to the letter her executive thrust on the call for Universal Health, Mayor Marie de Lara Guingona has been persistently pursuing her target for the 100% membership of all city’s indigent and qualified constituents to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) as a concrete and humanitarian cooperation to the nation-wide program of the Department of Health (DOH) which is widely announced as “Kalusugang Pangkalahatan”.

“This administration clearly cares for the underprivileged and needy families whose eventual health and hospitalization matters have been uncertain because of financial scarcity.  As our ‘Team Serbisyo’ responds to their insurance in collaboration with Philhealth, DOH, DSWD and other agencies, may I invite all households to be extra careful in taking good care of their physical aspect.  Besides, I encourage them to observe proper hygiene and utmost sanitation in their surroundings through daily clean-up drive,” encourages the lady mayor.

As of presstime, Mayor Marie has received P1,727,350.00 as PHIC’s partial payment to qualified beneficiaries in which 18,333 of them are budgeted from the National Household Targeting System (NHTS) of DSWD, another 3,000 families were sponsored by this LGU and 265 members come from the Department of Education (DepEd) who all of them have the privilege to avail for the Primary Care Benefit-I (PCB-I) regularly offered in our City Health Office (CHO) and in Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital (MOPH).

On a radio interview, PHIC’s marketing section in-charge Ms. Sahara Gay Octavio Ondap explained, “the computation of payment is based on per family rate and is intended to pay for the last quarter of 2014 until this year’s first quarter.  Our office under its chief local officer Mr. Antonio A. Arnaiz, Jr. commends the very active role of Mayor Guingona in coordination with Dr. Grace Jadol and Mrs. Nenita Pajaron in their involvement in embarking the ‘health for all program’ which secures qualified recipients to become worry-free in times of emergency”.

“Being the right hand of Mayor Marie on this program, I am working hand-in-hand with Mrs. Pajaron in putting her vision on health in place.  Aside from insurance, her local governance has been complying the requirements for Maternal Care Package (MCP) centers being stationed in the city proper, in barangays Bal-ason and San Juan”, relates Dr. Jadol.

The city’s chief executive is very grateful to Philhealth personnel in assisting her aim for a comprehensive membership.  “I am overwhelmed by the agency’s commitment in sourcing out funds from both local and international entities in providing sustainable health insurance to its members.  Its systematic, proactive and efficient delivery of services definitely lessens the burdens of member-patients”, the mayor expressed.