Lingayen- – -Indigent families in Pangasinan will continue to enjoy the benefits of PhilHealth cards as the provincial government sponsored anew the renewal of their membership.
Luzviminda N. Muego, Provincial Population Officer, said that with the renewal of health cards, Pangasinan remains to be in the number one spot in the entire country with the most number of PhilHealth enrollees.
It can be recalled that the province has exceeded its target by 100 percent last year bringing the total number of enrolled indigent families to 265,000 which include the sponsorship of other politicians and non-government entities.
At present, Muego said, about 80 percent of the targeted indigent families listed under LSS for 2011 were already given family health cards which the province renew every year.
Muego said that starting February 15, a total of 22,629 renewed health cards were distributed to the “poorest of the poor” families in the towns of Pozorrubio, Sison, Binalonan, San Manuel, Asingan, Tayug, Sta. Barbara, Dasol, Mabini and in the cities of San Carlos and Urdaneta until next month.
She added that the renewal of cards of the indigent families ranks first in the priority thrusts of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. along with the enrolment of the remaining 20 percent indigent families identified under LSS.
More towns are scheduled to be awarded with renewed Philhealth cards this month and in March to ensure that every indigent family can have an easier access to health benefits and discounts under the said program.
Under the LSS, the town of Agno was identified to have the highest ranking percentage of poorest of the poor bracket at 43.9% in the entire province.
Meanwhile, Dr. Ana Maria Teresa de Guzman, Provincial Health Officer, who represented the Governor in the distribution rite in Pozorrubio and Sison, said that the “PhilHealth cards may just be a piece of paper but it covers a lot of benefits for the province’s poorest of the poor.”
Also, De Guzman urged all Pangasinenses to patronize the services of the province’s 14 government owned hospitals as she said that the present administration has facilitated the improvement, the renovation, and the construction of new buildings of these health structures which are now well equipped with modern facilities so that they can be at par with the services offered by private hospitals in the province.
Aside from better and enhanced facilities, De Guzman said that all 14 hospitals are now manned by “professional health personnel” who are all products of the “cultural transformation” which Gov. Espino launched as early as his first term. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)