The city government, led by Mayor Evelio Leonardia and some members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod, distributed PhilHealth cards yesterday to about 850 residents of barangays Alangilan and Granada in Bacolod City, a press release from the city said.
Twenty-seven beneficiaries from Granada also received livelihood assistance worth P50,000 from the City Cooperative and Livelihood Development Office, aside from the 453 residents who got their PhilHealth cards from Leonardia and SP members Bobby Rojas, Caesar Distrito and Mona Dia Jardin. In Alangilan, card beneficiaries totaled 396, the press release said.
Barangay captains Daegie Tanista of Alangilan and Alfredo Talimodao Jr. of Granada, were present during the distribution of cards, and thanked to the city government for the benefits given to the people.
The city has already given out 4,829 PhilHealth cards to beneficiaries in the barangays of Bacolod, the number in Mansilingan, Banago and Villamonte, with 974, 831 and 705 beneficiaries, respectively.
The cards, paid for by local funds and valid until December 31, 2012, form part of the support of the city government to the Universal Health Care program of President Noynoy Aquino, the press release said.
Leonardia said he is thankful that the city has been able to do its share in the medical care program as this will ensure that even poor residents can avail of medical care from government and private facilities.
The beneficiaries will have ‘zero’ billing when they get hospitalized in a government medical facility, and will only have to pay for the excess of what PhilHealth will cover in their bills when they seek treatment in private hospitals.
They can also avail of the ‘Z’ benefit package for catastrophic illnesses, like childhood acute lymphocytic leukemia, breast and prostate cancer, and kidney transplant, with financial coverage of P210,000, P100,000 each, and P600,000, respectively, the press release added.*