TARLAC CITY, Tarlac, June 19 (PNA) –The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), together with the city government has distributed membership data records (MDRs) to indigent residents in the city for free and easy access to basic medical services.
The move is in line with the Philhealth’s nationwide program dubbed as “Alaga Ka Para sa Maayos na Buhay” in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH) and local government units (LGUs).
Philhealth Tarlac head Fleurdeliz Dallo led the distribution of the Philhealth cards, together with their counterparts from the city government at the Tarlac State University.
City Health Office led by Dr. Ma. Carmela L. Go, together with some doctors, nurses, sanitary inspectors and other personnel gave assistance in the proper distribution of the MDRs.
City mayor Gelacio “Ace” Manalang said the recipients of MDRs came from the various barangays of the city, including Ligtasan, San Vicente, Bora Matatalaib, Carangian, Sinait, San Isidro, Sta. Maria and San Luis.
The beneficiaries were chosen in the profiling conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Before the distribution, Philhealth staff explained to the beneficiaries the arrays of services and benefits they can receive from their membership.
Among the services covered by the insurance are free consultations, breast and cervical cancer screening, monitoring of blood pressure, testing of blood, urine, feces and phlegm, and others, all from the Tamang Serbisyo para sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya (TSEKAP) program which they can avail from the health centers where they are listed in.
Manalang said that through the Tuloy Sigla program, the city government is prioritizing its health program by conducting continuous medical missions to the different village in cooperation with Liga ng mga Barangay president Allan “Manchoy” Manalang.
Improvement and repairs of the health centers and provision of free and quality health services, including free medicines to the Tarlaqueños are also in place.
Manalang said that he is also working now for the establishment of the city hospital. (PNA)