Angeleños get ‘Alaga Ka’ cards-A A +A
Saturday, May 17, 2014
ANGELES CITY -- Some 600 Angeleño families on Wednesday received the benefits-expanded “Alaga Ka” cards from Philhealth and the city government here through its Gender and Development Office.
Themed “Alaga Ka Para sa Maayos na Buhay, PhilHealth announced the expanded benefits that would be extended to its the members. This year, the National Housing Targeting System (NHTS) identified 12,000 members to benefit from the program.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, during the distribution of the cards and members’ forms at MarQuee Mall, praised Philhealth for allowing the city to extend their insurance services to Angeleños, saying that these will greatly supplement the current programs and projects of his administration in healthcare and social welfare.
"Now with improved facilities in our general hospital, the Ospital ning Angeles, coupled with the fact that several of our citizens have Philhealth cards, there is no reason for Angeleños not to take advantage of our services even if they are in dire need," Pamintuan said.
According to Henry V. Almanon, branch manager of Philhealth Region 3, birth certificates are no longer required to secure membership. He added that this service would also be free for one year. Family members ages 21 below and 60 above can also be chosen as beneficiaries.
DSWD Region III Representative Maribel Blangco said that for the Pantawid Pamilya members, the age bracket for children beneficiaries entitled for free high school education was extended to 14 to 17 years old.
City Administrator Dennis Albert Pamintuan said that the main priorities of the Pamintuan administration are education and health. For healthcare, Angeles City was very first in the whole country to have a renal care unit which houses more than 15 dialysis machines.
This allowed Pamintuan to improve the Ospital ning Angeles and construct new buildings. Philhealth members will get free accommodation in the said hospital under the “No Balance Billing” privilege.
In 2013, more than 20,000 insurance cards were given to indigent Angeleños.
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 18, 2014.