By: Elena S. Pelare
The Nine Thousand Eight Hundred Sixty Eight Philhealth card paid for the indigent –beneficiaries by the Local Government Unit of Ozamiz headed by Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog-Echavez will continuously in effect and insured the hospitalization benefits set forth by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC).
The National Household Targeting System (NHTS) has divulged that presently Ozamiz has 37.6% poverty incidence out of the nearly 165,000 total population today. The record shown that it is 4-percent lower compared to the poverty incidence in the early part of the year 2000.
Out of the household survey conducted by the City Social Welfare and Development these 9,868 is closed to the percentage of the poverty incidence mentioned in the data gathered during the NHTS survey.
This number has been enrolled to Philhealth since January 2011 and its validity will be upto December of 2013.
In 2010, the LGU has enrolled to Philhealth nearly Twelve Thousand indigents but it dramatically reduced after the national government has given automatic health insurance benefits some of those Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino (4P’s) beneficiaries.
On the part of the Local Government Unit of Ozamiz , aside from the Philhealth ‘s hospitalization benefits received by the ensured member inlcuding all of his/her dependents Mayor Nova and Liga ng mga Barangay President Reynaldo “Aldong” Ozamiz Parojinog, Sr., are at all times very accessible by the constituents- in -need specially on matters regarding the excess of hospital bills.
Much to the Lady Mayor’s desire of speeding up the programs which suppose to bring an improved economic condition for those who are living economically miserable like the approval of the reclaimation projects and the coming of outside-billion investments such as Malls and Real Estates but all of these has been delayed due to the unfavorable political climate in the province and in the second district in particular.