About 12,000 indigent recipients from the 23 barangays of Murcia, Negros Occidental, have been enrolled with the government’s PhilHealth Program that will assure them of medical and other health benefits, Mayor Andrew Montelibano yesterday said.
The PhilHealth enrolees, Montelibano explained, are now qualified to be recipients of the Negros Occidental Comprehensive Health Insurance Program, an upgraded health benefits program jointly undertaken by the provincial, municipal and national governments, a Murcia press release said.
Initially, some 7,000 of the 12,000 PhilHealth card holders will qualify for the NOCHP, and the municipal government is fast-tracking the release of the beneficiaries’ cards, former town councilor Romulo Torrecarion, now development management officer, said.
Barangays Minoyan and Blumentritt have the highest number of NOCHP recipients with 1,535 and 1,521, respectively, Torrecarion added.
“We hope to have a bigger allocation in the succeeding batches of the NOCHP,” Montelibano said.
Meanwhile, the mayor directed the Municipal School Board to start the implementation of the expanded insurance program that will now cover more than 2,000 children, aged 3 to 6, currently enrolled in Murcia’s different Day Care Centers, the press release said.
The insurance program includes accident, death and disablement, which originally covers only students from kindergarten up to high school numbering over 18,000.
Earlier recipients also included all school heads, faculty members, non-teaching personnel, utility staff, and general Parents-Teachers Associations officers, the press release added.*