Govt enjoins informal workers
To pay for Philhealth coverage
WITH only P3.5 billion available of the total P7B needed to fully enrol all of the country's indigents in the government's socialized health care and insurance benefits, authorities now eye enjoining the informal sectors to be individually paying members.
Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Pauline Jane Ubial said the agency has received in its budget some P3.5B which used to be from the Assistance to Local Government Units as a source of funds for the agency's Phlhealth registration to indigents.
That however is not enough as the amount needs to be counterparted to cover the other half of the indigent population needing the service, she explained.
By this, with informal sectors convinced to be individually paying members, the scant resources available would be a big help to the most needy.
"We are talking about informal workers who can possibly pay P100 a month to get them into the beneficiary list," she said.
The Philhealth law, which was enacted in 1995 lays a government spending plan in a graduated scale that would ultimately cover 100% of the country's needy by 2010.
Later data however showed that while there have been conflicting claims of relative success, the government in more prone to believe that only about 29% of the indigents across the country has been served.
The DOH, she said based its findings and the data from the availments of the government socialized health care in accredited hospitals.
It would be until 2013 when the country could attain the target 100% universal coverage and some P7B would be needed, she continued.
Meanwhile, data from the local DOH office bared that some additional 1,000 Boholanos were enrolled during the nationwide Philhealth registraton last October 2.
While this may be a good boost to Bohol's becoming a wellness center in the region, Asec Ubial said Bohol has already reached close to 97% of the target in enrolling indigents. (PIABohol)
At PIFARERDS anniversary…
Guv to Bohol firemen:
Keep the fire burning
"KEEP the fire burning," Governor Edgar Chatto told members of the Provincial Intergrated Fire Alarm and other Related Emergency Responders Dispatching System (PIFARERDS), which is mostly composed of fire men.
Addressing the strong PIFARERDS members composed of firemen, coast guard, amateur communications groups, Red Cross, Outdoors groups and government rescue agencies during the first anniversary of the integrated rescue and quick action salvage team launched here, Chatto however meant the fire of enthusiasm and zeal they pushes every volunteer to act with courage.
Short of saying that there's little we can do to predict disasters, Chatto instead grounded his arguments on preapredness which has always been the name of the game.
Committing the provincial government resources including technical, financial, moral and logistical support, Chatto also added that he is optimistic that with the continued collaboration, a much stronger force could be created for emergency reponse.
Highlighting manpower training and citing critical technologies and equipment in rescue and emergency situations, he also said dared volunteers to use the new frontiers in communication technologies as a means to reach out to some more people.
Bohol PIFARERDS was created as a Special Project of the Provincial Government in coordination with the Bureau of Fire Protection by virtue of Provincial Ordinance No. 2004-015 and Executive Order No. 17 series of 2004 aimed at addressing the day-to-day emergency requirement of the province in an integrated approach, a
ccording to a briefing by FSSupt Pepe Rebusa of the Bohol Bureau of Fire Protection.
Its goal is to preserve life and property through an integrated emergency response in the community, he added.
Part of its objectives is to preserve prompt response to request for assistance in cases of disaster such as fires, earthquakes, and other natural or man-made calamities, and accidents and to provide information to the public on the basis of firefighting, first aid, rescue operation and emergency reporting and communication.
He said the volunteer members respond to calls for public safety service lines like fire, sparking wire and medical emergency like pre-hospitalization care or first aid to life threatening emergencies, ambulance assistance, emergency rescue, traffic accidents, and other related emergencies. (PIABohol)