Candaba draws biggest Alaga Ka beneficiaries

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014


CANDABA, Pampanga -- The distribution of members’ data records was a huge success considering its largest ever attendance of more than 12,000 indigent members or 95 percent of the total number of Philhealth beneficiaries in three different venues in one day in one town compared to the same activities as of yesterday.

Mayor Rene Maglanque said prior to the activity, he had met the barangay officials and health workers three times to ensure that 95 percent of the members would be able to attend the said launch of “Alaga Ka Para sa Maayos na Buhay.”

“As a leader and mayor of Candaba, I don’t want to fail the expectation of Governor Lilia ‘Nanay’ Pineda as far as the attendance of the Philhealth members is concerned. I want to show that the Candabenios love and support the lady governor. Hence, the Candabenios are shouting, I Love You, Gov Nanay,” Maglanque said.

Maglanque said he wants to create an impression that the Candabenios are thankful and appreciative of what the government is doing for the greater benefit of the marginalized families who are in need of health assistance that’s why he did his best to draw the biggest crowd of Philhealth beneficiaries.

He also commended the national government through the efforts of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), Department of Health (DOH) and Governor Pineda for giving 13,181 Philhealth cards at no cost to the poor families of this town.

Maglanque said the Philhealth members’ data records are very important to the marginalized families as they need not worry about the medicines, hospitalization or regular check-up of their family members as Alaga Ka provides it for free.

“This is also the Aquino administration’s legacy for the Filipino families particularly the poor who will be given greater access to primary health care services,” Maglanque said.

The mayor said they have so much reason to express gratitude to President Benigno Aquino III for his universal health care that includes the provision of free hospitalization in the government and accredited private hospitals.

“Alaga Ka makes sure that indigent members and those from the near poor segment of the population are properly instructed on how to avail of these basic health services at the rural health units and health centers where they are assigned,” the governor explained.

The governor said that this move is a clear manifestation of the government’s continuous caring for the less privileged by making primary health care effectively reach the poor through the various services of DOH, LGUs and PhilHealth through its TSeKaP or Tamang Serbisyo para sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya.

TSeKaP provides consultations with a primary care doctor and entitles them to a package of preventive and promotive services designed to keep them healthy and to detect as well any illnesses early on. Services include regular blood pressure monitoring; counseling on breastfeeding, smoking cessation and lifestyle modification; screening services to detect breast and cervical cancers; and digital rectal exam.

Upon the recommendation of the physician, medicines for asthma (with nebulization services), acute gastroenteritis with no or mild dehydration; minimal and low risk pneumonia, and urinary tract infection are made available.

Meanwhile, diagnostic tests such as complete blood count, urinalysis, fecalysis, sputum microscopy, fasting blood sugar, Lipid profile, and chest X-ray are also provided. PhilHealth believes that through TSeKaP, poor families will be more empowered to see a doctor and demand medical attention even without an illness.

The activity was also attended by Board Members Ricardo Yabut, Nestor Tolentino, Elizabeth Baybayan, head of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, Chief of Staff Olga Frances “Fritzie” David-Dizon, Executive Assistant Edna Vitug, all municipal councilors and members of the Barangay Councils from the 33 barangays of this town. (Joel P. Mapiles/Pampanga PIO)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on April 23, 2014.

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