MEMBERSHIP to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) in Northern Mindanao continues to grow for the past five months, data from the health insurance provider revealed.

In its monthly accomplishment report from January to May this year, PhilHealth service offices in Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, and Bukidnon posted a total of 1.3 million members.

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Misamis Oriental registered the highest number of growing members of 523,667 as of May this year, up from last year's 499,304 while Camiguin posted the lowest number of registered members with 24,487 from 23,936 in January.

The increase in PhilHealth membership in Misamis Oriental is attributed to Governor Oscar S. Moreno's massive registration of his constituents, enrolling thousands only this year.

Bukidnon ranked second with 320,614 registered members followed by Lanao del Norte with 242,127 and Misamis Occidental with 194,879.

Data includes the number of members who are employees from both private and government offices, self-employed, among others.

For the Cagayan de Oro service office, PhilHealth was able to collect from the private sector around P77.5 million, the highest remittance as of May 2010, followed by members from the government sector with P75.1 million; self-employed with P29.3 million; indigents with P21.3 million; and overseas workers program (OWP) with a total of P8.5 million. Data includes members from Misamis Oriental.

In Gingoog service office, the program for the indigents led the highest collection of P9.69 million followed by the private sector with P9.7 million; government sector with P8.4 million; and the OWP with P86,400.

PhilHealth's indigency program in Ozamiz service office ranked third in collection effort for the same period with P22.6 million against the private sector with P24.2 million and government sector with P22.8 million. Self-employed members ranked fourth with P16.1 million while OWP only had P403,200.

In Bukidnon where PhilHealth's service office is located at Valencia City, the health insurance provider was able to collect P52 million from the private sector, P40.7 million from the indigent sector, P28 million from the government sector, P19.9 million from self-employed members and P169,200 from OWP.

The indigency sector in Cagayan de Oro, Valencia and Ozamiz ranked the highest percentage in terms of collection. (Loui S. Maliza)