PhilHealth members avail ‘No Hospital Deposit’ in CDO

Philippine Health Insurance Corporation Regional Office 10 (PhilHealth 10) signed a landmark Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with six Cagayan de Oro City PhilHealth-accredited hospitals on 8 December 2017 at SEDA Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, that provides for a No Hospital Deposit Policy for PhilHealth members.


Dr. Ruben Go, (Medical Director of CDO Polymedic Plaza), Dr. Miguel E. Kho (Madonna and Child Hospital), Dr. Jesus M. Jardin (Capitol University Medical Center) Mr. Dexter R. Garcia (Cagayan de Oro Medical Center), Dr. Michael C. Sabal (Sabal Hospital), SPC Sr. Mercy Corazon G. Bangot (Maria Reyna XU Hospital) and Datu Masiding M. Alonto, Jr., (Area Vice-President for Mindanao) signed the historic document. The partnership was sealed in the presence of Hon. Oscar Moreno, CDO City Mayor, Atty. Carlo Franco Thomas Limjoco, DOH 10, Dr. Ma. Lourdes S. Gaane, City Councilor, Dr. Jonathan T. Ortigoza, HCDMMD Chief-PRO 10, and Atty. Ian Alfredo T, Magno, Deputy Legal Officer, PRO 10.

The MOA seeks to strengthen RA 10932, or the “No Hospital Deposit Law”. It mandates that, “in emergency or serious cases, it shall be unlawful for any hospital or medical clinic to request, solicit, demand or accept any deposit or any other form of advance payment as prerequisite for administering basic emergency care, for confinement or medical treatment, or to refuse to administer medical treatment and support any patient”.

Under the agreement, the PhilHealth accredited hospital shall not impose a deposit requirement for eligible PhilHealth members and their dependents that come to the facility for confinement or admission. This would apply to both emergency and non-emergency cases. It also allows admission or confinement of all eligible PhilHealth members without any deposit requirement in all types of room accommodation.


“We are hopeful that this will encourage other private hospitals and facilities to follow suit and prioritize the treatment of patients rather than compromising their health and safety due to financial constraints”, RVP Alonto stressed. PhilHealth 10 intends to intensify and expand its campaign for the No Hospital Deposit Policy to all Private Health Care Institutions in 2018. (PhilHealth 10)


Fun walk held to honor elderly

The Department of Health (DOH) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) spearheaded a fun walk on October 1 to honor elderly Filipinos while the entire country observes the “Elderly Filipino Week’ every first week of October with the theme “Pagmamahal at Respecto ng Nakababata, Nagpapaligaya sa Nakatatanda.”


Dubbed as “Walk for Life” the activity started with as fun walk, followed by a Zumba and program at the SM City grounds. Elderly participants likewise received medical services like anti-flu vaccines and blood testing for glucose and more.


The activity aims to promote health and wellness amongst senior citizens as well as raise awareness on programs and benefits accorded to them by the government.


The same event was done simultaneously in all key cities across the region as well as in other parts of the country.


“Through this activity we seek to enhance cooperation with agencies especially those directly implementing the expanded senior citizens act,” DOH Chief Administrative Officer Edward Acta said. (JCV/PIA-10)

Solon cites intention to pursue health programs for Kagay-anons

We are thankful for, and humbled by, the people’s trust and confidence in our candidacy for city councilor in the last elections … you could be rest assured of our commitment to serve the people of Cagayan de Oro City the best way possible. We could do this in close coordination, even critical collaboration, with the Office of the City Mayor.


This is the message of commitment of newly-elected Councilor Maria Lourdes S. Gaane, chair of the City Council committee on health, sanitation and health insurance.


Councilor Gaane graduated from the Divine Word University Tacloban College of Medicine in 1988 and obtained her professional license on February 3, 1992.  She has been in the government service since then.


The councilor was the medical officer of Talisayan District Hospital from 1992 to 2004, and the municipal health officer of Naawan, Misamis Oriental from 2004 to 2005.


She served as the provincial health insurance officer of Misamis Oriental from 2005 to 2013.


Councilor Gaane was the city health insurance officer of the city before she was elected councilor of the 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro on May 9, 2016.


Doc Malou, as fondly called by her friends and co-workers, believes that the city’s health care delivery system needs a lot of improvement after years of degradation.


Councilor Gaane said upon assuming as head of the City Health Insurance Office (CHIO), she learned that not one of the 54 barangay health care centers in the city had a Department of Health (DOH) license to operate and permit to construct.


“But with the political will of Mayor Oscar S. Moreno, they have slowly but surely made major improvements in the health sector,” she cited.


“But a lot more needs to be done,” she added.


Gaane enumerated her legislative agenda for the people of the city.


Among others, the councilor wants to pursue Philhealth Universal Coverage to finance the enrolment of at least 100,000 indigent families in the city and upgrade the J.R. Borja General Hospital to a secondary hospital status with a fully-equipped intensive care unit.


The councilor said she will propose the creation of a distinct and separate Philhealth Department to look into the improvement of the city’s health facilities, purchase of drugs and medicines, and pay administrative costs of delivering Philhealth programs.


Gaane is seeking the cooperation and partnership of everyone, citing that the noble undertaking of the city government could never be achieved without people’s vigilance and support. (JAO/CDO Legislative Information)


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MNLF beneficiaries avail Philhealth cards, study grants

BACOLOD, Lanao del Norte, October 28 (PIA)—Some 79 beneficiaries who are now in the folds of the law were awarded PhilHealth cards in a ceremony at the civic auditorium in Bacolod town, Lanao del Norte.

Mayor Joselito E. Miquiabas of the host town said being a cardholder of this health card insurance, when presented at the hospital for admission would serve a privilege for discount as compared to those non-cardholders.

“We’re grateful that the national government has looked into this privilege/assistance to our brothers from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who now feel that they belong or part of the community,” said mayor Miquiabas.

Also, some 17 students/children of MNLF returnees received their certificates on the study grant from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), as per guidelines on the course offered to them.

While Allan S. Almoite, PAMANA area manager, said students qualified for this study grant are children of our MNLF beneficiaries as recommendation attached from the MNLF commander border command.

Almoite added, this is part of the assistance availed from the PAyapa at MAsaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) projects to MNLFreturnees and communities in Bacolod, and other areas in the six municipalities of Lanao del Norte.

For his part, Abidin Sanguila, MNLF commander border command, expressed his gratitude to the PNoy administration in its quest to conquer poverty. According to Sanguila, poverty is the root cause of being into uprising rebel groups.

PAMANA is the national government’s framework and program for peace and development in conflict-affected areas (CAAs), as well as communities covered by existing Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan – Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI CIDSS) Region X.

Meanwhile, Musa Mohamad Sanguila, as senior consultant of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP), who is also the director of the Pakigdait, Inc., said that with the creation of Bantay Kalilintad, a third party organization composed of civil society organization, is  PAMANA Project’s partner, which takes charge to monitor what has the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) done in the province in the implementation of the IPSP-Bayanihan (Internal Peace and Security Plan).

The Bantay Kalilintad coordinates with the 2nd Mechanized Infantry Brigade as to security issues and concerns and to different national line agencies that provide assistance to the local government units in the province and in the municipalities concerned. (LVG/PIA-10 LDN)