Hundreds of Aklanons flocked to the ABL Sports Complex, Kalibo, Aklan for the Nationwide Philhealth Registration Day, October 2.
The Nationwide Registration Day was held to register individuals who have not yet registered under the program.
For a minimal payment of P100.00 per month, a member under this program could avail benefits from Philhealth, including his wife, minor children and elderly parents.
During the opening program, Aklan governor Carlito S. Marquez exhorted Philhealth for conducting the project dubbed "Philhealth Sabado" to expand the number of program beneficiaries.
Marquez also talked about 4Ps, which has also benefited poor families in the municipalities of Libacao and Madalag, and just this year, those in Balete and Buruanga.
"Congressman Miraflores also told me that the budget for this program has been doubled for 2011, so we are hoping that all municipalities in the province will be covered by this program, except for Kalibo and Malay, which are now first-class towns," Marquez told the big crowd, who came from all parts of Aklan to register.
The registration was assisted by employees and volunteers from the Department of Education, Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, doctors and health workers of Kalibo RHU and doctors and health workers of the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital.
According to Dr. Victorina Laroza, Schools Division Superintendent of DepEd-Aklan, a total of 30 volunteers from the DepEd came to support the activity while the DOH had 15. The PSWDO had four (4) while all MSWDOs from Aklan’s 17 towns also came to assist.
At the opening program, 93 residents from Libacao who have registered earlier were awarded their Philhealth cards. On the other hand, 44 residents of Madalag were also handed theirs through Philhealth Provincial Officer J’Roel del Rosario and Governor Carlito S. Marquez.
Del Rosario said that besides the hundreds who flocked the venue to register, his office is also anticipating some 600 CAFGU members to register under the program.
During the same activity, the Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Emma T. Cortes, PHO II gave free AH1N1 vaccinations to constituents. The free vaccines were given by the World Health Organization. Dr. Cortez urged the people to avail of the opportunity, as each vaccine could cost P2,500.00 if obtained in private clinics.
The AH1N1 vaccinations were administered by health workers from the PHO, MHOs, nurses and midwives of RHUs and volunteer nurses of the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH). (Venus G. Villanueva) /MP