KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, Feb 10 (PIA) -- South Cotabato Gov. Arthur Y. Pingoy Jr. lauded the automatic inclusion of conditional cash transfer beneficiaries as Philhealth members as announced by the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office – 12 (DSWD 12) .
During a recent orientation of social welfare officers on National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS – PR) for Indigenous People in this city, Pingoy said this development provides an opportunity for the provincial government to enrol more indigents in the province into the health insurance.
He plans to make use of P10 million budget of the provincial LGU, originally intended for "poorest of the poor" -- including 4Ps beneficiaries -- to enrol other indigent families not covered by the CCT.
With 4Ps beneficiaries taken off from original list of indigents that the provincial government sponsored for Philhealth enrolment, he said, more poor residents in the province could become health card holders.
“The provincial government will enroll as Philhealth members those who were not included in the NHTS – PR survey but are identified as "poorest of the poor" in the Community Health Living Standard Survey (CHLSS),” Pingoy added.
NHTS-PR was the basis of DSWD's identification of CCT recipients. CHLSS, on the other hand, was a survey conducted under the auspices of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that also identified the poorest families in South Cotabato.
Since the national government has paid their health insurance of 4Ps beneficiaries, the provincial government could pay for the Philhealth cards of 15,000 more indigent families, he said.
Jakiya Lao of DSWD 12 said, they will only pay P900.00 per year as health insurance premium of the 4Ps member-beneficiaries to PhilHealth.
South Cotabato , according to DSWD 12 record, has a total of 29,112 4Ps beneficiaries.
They are in T’boli with 12,907 beneficiaries, Lake Sebu, 8,439; Tupi, 6,297; Polomolok, 4,367; Surallah, 4,128; Banga, 3,603; City of Koronadal, 1,088;Tantangan, 924; Tampakan, 922; Norala, 748; and Sto. Nino, 689.
In Mindanao, Region 12 ranks second to Region 11 in having the most IP settlers. (FrutoSumagaysay Jr/ SoCot PIO/DEDoguiles/PIA 12)