ANGELES CITY -- Some 277 indigent families from the villages of Cutud and Pulung Cacutud received their PhilHealth cards from Mayor Francis “Blueboy” Nepomuceno on Friday.

The distribution of PhilHealth ID cards was held at the Cutud Barangay Hall and Pulung Cacutud Covered Court, and was part of the City Government’s advocacy in providing quality health benefits to Angeleños.

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“There is a need to keep health care standards high to better answer to the needs of the people. With prices of basic commodities going up, it is necessary that we look after the health needs of ordinary people,” Nepomuceno said.

Earlier, beneficiaries of the program are urban poor families from 33 villages with 6,486 recipients that include disadvantaged women, persons with disabilities, volunteer workers, patients from health centers, vendors and drivers.

Last year, the City Government has allotted the amount of P3.455 million for its Caravan Para Sa Kalusugan program that benefited 5,743 poverty stricken families.

With the PhilHealth ID cards, indigent families may now avail themselves of medical care benefits ranging from allowances for hospital room and board fees, drugs and medicines, x-ray and other laboratory procedures, as well as allowances for the professional fees of attending physicians.

These benefits may be availed of during confinement in PhilHealth accredited hospitals nationwide. Apart from these in-patient benefits, the card also entitles them to outpatient diagnostic benefits from designated accredited health centers in the city.

“Ito ay malaking tulong sa mga benipisyaryo, kapag sila ay pumunta sa pampublikong ospital gaya ng Ospital Ng Angeles (ONA). They can avail of themselves of quality health benefits without paying a single centavo”, Nepomuceno said.

Furthermore, Nava Valencerina of City Health Office announced the schedules of orientation and distribution of PhilHealth Identification Cards for all the barangays of Angeles City.

These are: Barangays Pulung Maragul and Sapalibutad on January 13; Balibago and Malabanas on January 15; Capaya and Tabun on January 20; Anunas and Cuayan on January 22; Sapangbato and Margot on January 27; Mining and Ninoy Aquino on January 29; Salapungan and Pandan on February 3; Vigen Delos Remedios and Claro M. Recto on February 5; Amsic and Pampang on February 10; Cutcut and Sto. Rosario on February 12; Lourdes Northwest, San Nicolas and Sta. Trinidad on February 17; Sta. Teresita and Agapito Del Rosario on February 19; Lourdes Sur and Lourdes Sur East on February 24; Pulungbulu and Santo Cristo on February 26; San Jose and Santo Domingo on March 3.

Joining the Friday distribution were Liga ng mga Barangay President Robin Nepomuceno, Pulung Cacutud Chieftain Antonio Trinidad, Councilors Dr. Ricardo Zalamea, Dan Lacson, lawyer Pogs Suller, broadcaster Rudy Simeon, lawyer Bryan Nepomuceno, Doc Alfie Bonifacio, Jericho Aguas, Raf Del Rosario, Kapanalig President Abel Pamintuan, Sipag at Tiaga Rico Dizon, and Dinong De Guzman of the Office of Senior Citizen Affairs. (IOF)