PRESS RELEASE — In response to the Regional Development Council (RDC) XII request to provide the people of Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAS) with equitable access for quality, affordable, readily available and suitable health services; PhilHealth XII launched the opening of another PhilHealth Express in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat.
Teresita Socorro C. Ramos, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) XII Regional Director and RDC Vice Chair in her message said that it is the policy of the government to promote countryside development to spur and accelerate economic growth at the provincial level, and thereby attain sustainable socio-economic development at the regional, sub national and national levels.
“It is our duty at the NEDA to make these developments inclusive of all people, especially those who are living in the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas of the SOCSKSARGEN Region such as the coastal areas of Sultan Kudarat,” Ramos said.
With the signing of the Universal Health Care Law, she stressed that PhilHealth’s role as catalyst of health reforms turns more relevant to the life of every Filipino especially during this global health crisis.
It is a welcome development according to her that hospitals in the Region have reported shifting their PhilHealth records and accounts to digital platforms where patients would no longer be required to submit their MDRs during benefit availment process and that said records are now accessible online.
However, the people from Kalamansig, Lebak and Palimbang (KALEPA) in Sultan Kudarat and from Pigcawayan, Alamada, Libungan, Midsayap, Aleosan, Pikit and Banisilian (PALMA-PB) areas of North Cotabato having no choice and being not computer literate still need to proceed to the nearest PhilHealth Offices either in Cotabato, Kidapawan or Isulan and endure the inconvenience of long travel .
“When one needs to avail of the sercices, he or she must go there are early as 5 oçlock in the morning for priority and if one arrives at 8:00 in the morning, he/ she will be advised to return the next day because slots are already filled up.. Moreover, there is a need to comply with physical distancing and other requlations on the practice of minimum health protocols” she added.
It is in this light that she as RDC Vice Chair with Macro-Development Administration and Finance Committee (MEDAFC) Chair, Eugene C. Garcia committed to make the marching order of President Rodrigo Duterte to bring government agencies closer to the people.
“We are happy that our desire is now a reality… This milestone is consistent towards the attainment of our goals of making our region, Healthy and Resilient by 2022 and realizing the matatag, maginahawa at panatag na buhay para sa lahat by 2040,” she said.
With such appreciation, she thanked PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Office, Atty. Dante Gierran; PhilHealth XII Acting Regional Vice President, Dr. Hector Zenon Leonardo P. Malate; Lebak Municipal Mayor, Frederick F. Celestial; RDC XII MEDAFC Chair, Garcia for the support.
ARVP Malate also thanked everyone and announced that the office will temporarily serve clients every Tuesday, 8:00-4:00 and Wednesday 7:00-3:00 for enrolment, verification, amendment of record and printing of Philhealth Identification Numbers and Member Data Record.
“Soon as the request for additional manpower will be approved, we will enjoy the full operation of this office from Mondays to Fridays!.. If the LGU will be accredited as collecting agent, it will be more convenient for the members as well as employers since they will not go to the banks to pay their contribution but instead transact through the Treasurer’s Office for their collection related concern. We are also looking forward to the accreditation of the RHU as KONSULTA provider. Only then can we say that LGU Lebak is truly a ONE STOP SHOP for PhilHealth related transactions,” he said.
Having the same noble intention of serving the public and provide access to quality health care services for all Filipinos, Malate concluded that this is just the beginning.
PhilHealth XII personnel present during the launching of Lebak PhilHealth Express on October 28, 2021:
Standing L-R: Erljo Lyn Insular, Social Insurance Officer; Nonito G. Bayaras, Senior Social Insurance Officer; Raffy G. Elizare, Senior Social Insurance Officer; John G. Silabay, Fiscal Comptroller I; Noel E. Rendon, Driver II; Jennil G. Santocildes, Social Insurance Officer III; Rodolfo L. Sira, Jr., Driver II; Jane C Jover, Information System Analyst II.
Seated L-R: Ivy E. Monderin, Kidapawan LHIO Head; Dr. Hector Zenon Leonardo P. Malate, PhilHealth XII Acting Regional Vice President; Lorelie G. Bonilla, OIC, Field Operations Division; Sharihana G. Sali, Cotabato LHIO Head; Roberto P. Ontanillas, Koronadal LHIO Head; Myrene J. Jaleco, LHIO Isulan. ###
(NOTE: This story was sent today by Philhealth 12 to the Diyaryo Milenyo Digital News)