By: Aida B. Cabauatan
A total of 4,550 indigent residents of Tuao, Cagayan were given Philhealth Cards last January 6, 2013. The Philhealth ID Cards were sponsored by the Provincial Government of Cagayan (PGC).
The distribution was spearheaded by Governor Alvaro T. Antonio,Vice-Governor Leonides N. Fausto, Board Members Winocco R. Abraham and Mila Catabay-Lauigan of the 3rd District of the province together with Philhealth officials Cesar Sales, Chief Field Operations Division and Elmira D. Cruz, Social Insurance Officer of Philhealth.
According to Rose Callang, the Local Legislative Officer V from the Office of the Vice-Governor, there were 2,176 beneficiaries from Tuao East while 2,374 beneficiaries were from Tuao West. The indigent beneficiaries were identified by the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of the said municipality.
In his message, Governor Antonio said that PGC allotted P20 M this year for Philhealth insurance to expand its services to the masses. This year, indigents from the 2nd and 3rd district of the province will be the target of the PGC.
Through the Philhealth insurance card, the beneficiaries can avail of the free hospitalization services depending on the type of disease in Philhealth accredited hospitals.
Last year, 33,300 indigent residents from the different municipalities of the 1st district of Cagayan were given Philhealth ID Cards to avail of the health benefits covered by the said insurance.