3,377 Indigent Mainitnons Receive PHILHEALTH CARDS
A total of three thousand three hundred seventy seven (3,377) residents of Mainit are recipients of the PhilHealth ID Cards under the PhilHealth Indigent Program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, dubbed as “Medicare Para Sa Masa”,the program which aimed at providing free medical and hospitalization services to Filipino indigent families.
The more than three thousand PhilHealth beneficiary families were sponsored by Congressman Guilermo A. Romarate 1,922; Governor Barbers and Mayor Mondano, sharing equally,955and Mayor Mondano alone,500.
The PhilHealth ID Cards were distributed to the beneficiaries during a program held at the Mainit Municipal gymnasium on July 31, 2009. PhilHealth beneficiaries from the different barangays were assembled to receive personally their ID cards from Mayor Ramon B. Mondano, Mr. Rodrigo P. Ariar, MPA, the Service Officer Chief of PhilHealth, Surigao City and Dr. Jessie Aguilera, Mun. Health Officer of this municipality.
Mayor Mondano during his message assured the Mainitnons that his administration will accommodate 100% of the indigent Mainitnons as beneficiaries to the Program come next year.
“Last year there were only 1,773 PhilHealth beneficiaries in our municipality .This year it increases to almost 100% due to the increased congressional assistance and that of the local government.
“This is your money and we want you to have a personal share from this. What this LGU will pay for your health insurance, is not our money but yours. Because of poverty, we could not afford to hospitalize our own family members, henceforth we resort to the services of quack doctors which oftentimes become totally disadvantageous”, the mayor enthused. “We will therefore endeavor to have everyone served by enrolling them with the PhilHealth. The LGU will include this in next year’s budget” ,the mayor added.
The PhilHealth distribution program was attended not only by PhilHealth beneficiaries but by all RHU personnel,Barangay Health workers and the Sanguniang Bayan Members, namely: SB Arturo Mosote, Fely Odtojan, Nelson Reyes and Cayetano Recabo.