Bacolod City waste pickers receive PhilHealth benefits

April 6, 2015 11:11 am 

BACOLOD CITY, April 5 — A total of 313 waste pickers in this city’s dumpsite and sanitary landfill recently received their membership data records (MDRs) from the city government that will allow them to avail of benefits from the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

Mayor Monico Puentevella, who distributed that MDRs together with Executive Assistant on Solid Waste Management (SWM) Ma. Fe Tresfuentes and Felisa village officials, said the beneficiaries will be assured of healthcare services from the government while assisting in the city’s SWM program.

“Do not hesitate to approach your barangay leaders if you have problems,” the mayor told them.

The waste pickers also received identification cards as part of the “No ID, No Entry” policy at the dumpsite.

Meanwhile, the City Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD), through the efforts of PhilHealth’s “Alaga Ka Para Sa Maayos Na Buhay,” also distributed MDRs to indigent members in Bacolod identified by the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan.

Owen Magalona, chief social insurance officer of PhilHealth-Bacolod, said the beneficiaries will receive medical assistance, free hospitalization, and other health-related benefits.

Indigent recipients can also avail of outpatient benefits, an “extra” privilege not availed by regular members.

“It will be applicable to all government hospitals that will comply with the ‘No Balance Billing’ policy,” Magalona added.(PNA)

CTB/NANETTE L. GUADALQUIVER

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