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19,064 Surigaonons receive Philhealth ID cards

Surigao City -- A total of 19,064 Family Health cards from Philhealth have been distributed free to the municipalities of the second district of the province of Surigao del Norte recently.

District II Representative, Cong. Guillermo Romarate personally hand out the cards calling each municipality and their respective Local Chief Executives.

Rodrigo Ariar, Philhealth-Surigao Field Office Branch Manager, who assisted the distribution process, said the activity was sponsored by Cong. Romarate through his priority development assistance fund (PDAF).

Ariar also said that a total of P7.8 Million pesos were allotted to the said activity. The Philhealth cards issued were effective for the whole year 2007 up to Dec. 31, 2008.

The municipalities/city who received the Philhealth ID cards were Surigao City with 7,054 cards, Bacuag with 806 enrollees, 950 cards for Claver, 1,248 cards for Gigaquit, Mainit received 1,285 cards, Malimono with 1,794 cards, Placer with 1,640 cards and Tagana-an with 1,777 cards.

Local chief executives who attended the distribution of ID cards lauded the efforts made by Cong. Romarate and the Arroyo Administration, saying "With their Philhealth cards, beneficiaries will be able to avail of the health care services from accredited RHUs in their areas and from any accredited hospitals", Ariar concluded. (Fryan E. Abkilan, PIA-Surigao del Norte)

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