Saturday August 18, 2018

PhilHealth gives P9-M aid to public schools

PAMPANGA. PhilHealth-Central Luzon vice president Walter Bacareza officially turns over the deed of donation to Calulut Integrated Senior High School Assistant Principal Philipp Medina. With them is Angeles City National Trade School Principal Edna Tungol (R). (Princess Clea Arcellaz)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)-Central Luzon Office Wednesday went out of its way anew to help Kapampangans as it donated more than P9 million worth of various equipment and supplies to two public schools in the province.

PhilHealth, a government agency mandated to provide health insurance coverage and ensure affordable and accessible health care services to Filipinos, donated two vehicles, one motorcycle, several air-condition units, computers and other office supplies to the Angeles City National Trade School and Calulut Integrated Senior High School in this city.

The two vehicles and one motorcycle have an appraised value of some P1,559,810, while the information technology equipment amounted to some P6,402,377 and office equipment amounting P1,405,024, making the total amount of the donation to P9,367,211.

According to PhilHealth-Central Luzon vice president Walter Bacareza, the donation is part of the agency’s goal of assisting Filipinos, not only through health insurance, but also by uplifting the quality of education for the youth.

Bacareza noted that the donations are expected to help in improving the education of senior high school students of Angeles City National Trade School and Calulut Integrated Senior High School, which both offer vocational courses.

“Instead of doing our usual practice of selling our old properties like vehicles for a very cheap amount, we decided to coordinate with the Department of Education and donate it to worthy public schools where our properties can be further utilized,” Bacareza said.

“With this move, we are hoping that PhilHealth-3 can now transcend from providing not only universal health care coverage for all Filipinos to shaping also the future of our youth which are considered to become our leaders of tomorrow who shall continue our purpose to make this world a better place to live in,” he said.

Bacareza also expressed his hope that other PhilHealth regional offices will emulate such an act and help in building a better future for the Filipino youth.

Meanwhile, Angeles City National Trade School Principal Edna Tungol expressed her gratitude in behalf of the school community to PhilHealth for their valuable donation which will be used to enhance the skills of their students.

She said that the vehicles and other donated equipment will help in the proper demonstration of lessons and will be used in the hands-on activities of students enrolled in vocational courses.

“This will be of big help to both our teachers and students. Before, we have resorted to buying non-functional equipment from junkshops just so our students can have a proper facility to apply their learnings. But with the donations of PhilHealth, our teachers can better discuss their lessons while students can better apply their acquired skills,” she said.

Calulut Integrated Senior High School Assistant Principal Philipp Medina also expressed his gratitude to PhilHealth for choosing them as beneficiaries for their first ever property donations.

“Since we are just new in offering vocational courses for senior high school. We are assuring that the donations of PhilHealth-3 will be well-utilized for the education of the children, and hopefully they can improve the condition of the vehicles for the school’s official utilization,” he said.