TAGUIG CITY – The Taguig City government is now paying for the PhilHealth membership of the city’s vendors, farmers and fisherfolk as part of its efforts to enlist more workers with the state medical provider.
In a statement over the weekend, the local government said it will take care of the beneficiaries’ PhilHealth membership for a year, covering the full amount of their premium.
“The health of every family member is a very important aspect in our community so we continue to find innovative, inclusive ways to provide medical assistance to Taguigeños,” Taguig City Mayor Laarni Cayetano said.
Ro Daso, president of the Community Vendors and Entrepreneurs sa PAG-ASA, expressed their gratitude to the city government, saying vendors would often choose not to go to the hospital when they don’t feel well, afraid of the financial cost.
“Ito na yung pagkakataon na dapat tutukan, susundan na o kaya gawin na ng bawat isang vendor na maging aware sila sa kanilang kalusugan. Salamat sa Taguig, talagang mahal kami ng gobyerno,” Daso said.
(This is an opportunity for every vendor to be aware and take care of their health. Thanks to the Taguig City government for extending its love to us.)
During the event dubbed Bida sa Kalusugan: A Special Medical Mission for Vendors, Farmers and Fisherfolk, more than 1,600 attendees filled out their own Member Registration Forms at the PhilHealth booth and were given a PhilHealth number.
PhilHealth IDs of the beneficiaries will be delivered to them after processing.
As PhilHealth members, workers will be entitled to free in-patient services, subsidies (for room and board, drugs and medicines, laboratories, operating room and professional fees for confinements not less than 24 hours), and Outpatient Benefit Packages in PhilHealth-accredited facilities.
Aside from the PhiHealth registration, the caravan also brought in a medical team composed of barangay health workers, nurses, doctors, and dentists. The attendees got free medical and dental services, plus laboratory tests and chest X-ray.
Health workers also administered pneumonia vaccinations, which would guard residents against the pneumococcus, a leading cause of serious illnesses.
The city also opened help desks for the city’s LANI Scholarship Program, as well as the Persons with Disability and Home Health programs.
The medical mission cum PhilHealth registration campaign came only weeks after a similar event, “TODA-JODA Pasada, Kalusugan ay BIDA,” which targeted tricycle, jeepney and pedicab drivers. More than 6,000 beneficiaries were registered with PhilHealth with their premiums fully paid by the local government.
In Taguig, more than 33,000 residents have been registered with PhilHealth through LGU sponsorship, the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) and the Department of Education.