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Thursday, January 22, 2009

P3.6M PhilHealth Capitation Fund

PhilHealth recently released P3.6M to Olongapo City from the PhilHealth Capitation Fund (PCF) for the city’s health program for the indigents.

The amount covers the 3rd quarter of 2007. Also during the said year, the city received P700,000.00 and P500.00.00 for the 1st and 2nd quarters, respectively for a total of P4.8M for year 2007 alone.

The PCF funds the Rural Health Units (RHUs) of the city which provides Outpatient Benefits (OPB) to enrolled PhilHealth members in the said program.

According to Dr. Arnildo Tamayo, Head of the City Health Office (CHO), “to date, Olongapo City has five (5) RHUs in Barangays Barretto, Sta. Rita, West Bajac-Bajac, Gordon Heights and New Cabalan. Among the benefits are free consultation, free chest X-ray, free medicines, and free laboratory tests.”

“The city will use the fund to buy medicines, acquire supplies and materials, and expand these centers to accommodate more people,” said Rizalino M. Jose, Officer in Charge of the Indigent Program of Olongapo City. “We raise public awareness by personally visiting these families which are usually found in far-flung places in Olongapo and conduct personal interviews to determine if the candidate-families are qualified,” he added.

Families who have no source of income or receiving only P4,000.00 below per month in gross income may be included in the program, granted that they have a minimum of four to five family members and are residents of Olongapo.

“Through this program, Mayor Gordon has provided access to quality health care to a majority of residents. This is his commitment to address the medical, hospitalization and health concerns of the city’s poor constituents,” Jose concluded.

Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. received the check from Director Tito Mendoza, 1st Vice President for NCR and North Luzon of PHIC. Joining them were (from right) Marcelino Andawe, City Treasurer; Rizalino M. Jose, OIC, Indigent Fund Program in Olongapo; Ferdie Magrata, City Administrator; Arsenia B. Torres, Branch Manager, Branch A, PHIC; Dr. Arnildo Tamayo, City Health Office Head; and Leny Fajardo, PHIC Olongapo Branch Manager.

PAO/ chay

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