THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is requesting the City Government to provide it with a space at the City Hall premises to conveniently serve some of its members.

Ian Alfredo T. Magno, head of PhilHealth Cagayan de Oro service office, said PhilHealth's membership in the city is growing fast that its office, located at the corner of Corrales and Yacapin Sts., would eventually be overcrowded.

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He said they plan to have a PhilHealth service desk at City Hall where members can file requests while doing other transactions at the City Government.

"We are afraid that time will come, this office will be filled with members as every day, we admit new members," he said.

Recently, PhilHealth paid a courtesy call with Mayor Vicente Y. Emano where plans about city sponsorships were tackled.

Most of PhilHealth's members are sponsored by the local government units compared to individually paying members, private and government employees and overseas Filipino workers.

"We did the courtesy call at least to know better the health programs of the City Government and to see for myself the clinics, health centers and hospitals manned by the local government," Magno said, who had just assumed as head of

PhilHealth CDO office.

Magno said city officials, including Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas, gave positive response to the health programs of PhilHealth.

"We did not suggest any health programs for the City Government to apply. We were like 'guardian angels' there. We shared what's the better thing to do. As an informal suggestion, we shared things to lead some improvements at the J.R. Borja Memorial City Hospital, because in return, many would go there for treatment," he said.

Apparently, as Acenas announced, Magno said the City Government is still waiting for the arrival of some medical equipment from the Netherlands to be used for the city-run hospital in Carmen.

As of this writing, Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro has yet to confirm the accommodation of a PhilHealth service desk inside City Hall. (Loui S. Maliza)