quarterly premiums of individually paying members from P300 to P600
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY –
Starting October 1, 2010, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation
(PhilHealth) will increase the premium contributions for new members
from P300 to P600 per quarter.
This was confirmed by
Mr. Asisclo Militante and Mr. Renato Limsiaco, Jr., both Division
chiefs of PhilHealth Region 8, during the Harampang Ha PIA held on
September 30 at Gerry’s Grill Tacloban.
“Effective October 1,
the contribution of new individually paying members will be increased
from P300 to P600,” Mr. Militante said. “This will only apply to new,
not current members,” Mr. Militante said.
members include self employed professionals include accountants,
architects, criminologist, customs broker, dentist, dietician,
engineers, geologists, landscape artists, law practitioner, librarian,
marine desk officer, marine engineer officer, master plumber, medical
technologist, medical doctor, midwife, naval architect, nurse,
nutritionist, optometrist, pharmacist, physical and occupational
therapist, professional teachers, radiologist and X-ray technician,
social worker, sugar technologist and veterinarian.
also included in the PhilHealth List are agriculturist, artist,
businessman/business owner, consultant, environmental Planner,
Fisheries Technologist, forester, guidance counselor, interior
designer, industrial engineer, Media including actor and actress,
director, scriptwriter and news correspondents, professional athlete,
coach, trainor, referee.
Paying members and new enrollees shall register and accomplish the
Philhealth Members Registration Form to reflect the member’s
profession and income.
attach the photocopy of their professional regulation Commission ID
while the other professionals shall attach a copy of their business
permit. If the declared monthly family income is P25,000 and below, a
photocopy of the Income Tax Return shall be attached to the PhilHealth
Member Registration Form.
For the first year of
policy implementation, new enrollees whose professions are included in
the list of PhilHealth shall pay P600 per quarter or P2,400 per year.
However, for those whose monthly family income in the last 12 months
is P25,000 and below, they will pay P300 per quarter or P1,200 per
For the succeeding
years, said members shall pay P900 per quarter or P3,600 per year.
However, for those whose average family monthly income in the last 12
months is P25,000 and below, they will continue to pay P300 per
quarter or P1,200 per year.
Individually Paying Members, the policy on the new premium shall take
effect after completion of payment for the current year membership
For inactive and new
members, the policy shall take effect immediately, per PhilHealth
Circular No. 24, series of 2010 signed by Dr. Rey B. Aquino, the
President and Chief Executive Officer of PhilHealth.
Bishops’ hurting is
nothing compared to sufferings of women, says women’s group
QUEZON CITY –
Bishops’ reaction that they are ‘hurting’ on P-Noy’s recent
pro-reproductive health stance got the ire of a federation of 257
grassroots and community women’s organizations with around 40,000
individual members nationwide that strongly pushes for the enactment
into law of the much clamored reproductive health bill.
According to Elizabeth Angsioco, National Chairperson of the Democratic Socialist Women of
the Philippines (DSWP), people do not need to look far to know that
women become sacrificial lambs in the name of the Catholic hierarchy’s
obstinate rejection of modern contraceptives. “Just within our
organization, members have died or almost died because of the lack of
access to family planning and reproductive health education and
services,” laments Angsioco. She said, “stories on the lives and
sufferings of these women will make anyone’s heart bleed except
perhaps the bishops’.”
Various reports reveal
that eleven Filipino women, mostly poor, die daily due to pregnancy
and childbirth related complications, these are the same women who do
not anymore want to have children but have no access to family
planning information and services. These are the women who suffer
from risky pregnancies and give birth without the benefits of skilled
attendants and needed medical interventions.
DSWP commends the
President’s pronouncement on family planning and is looking forward to
the fulfillment of his promise of providing access to contraceptives
to the poor who want and need them. “P-Noy’s pronouncement with
corresponding concrete action is a fulfillment of the country’s
international obligations under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),”
said Angsioco. She added, “as it is, the Philippines is miserably
failing in meeting its goals especially pertaining to providing access
to reproductive health services and lowering the country’s very high
Maternal Mortality Rates.”
Angsioco also stressed
that government’s provision of family planning education and services
is also a fulfillment of the Constitutional provisions on the people’s
rights to health and education. “These are fundamental rights that
cannot be surrendered at the bishop’s altar. These are rights
guaranteed by the country’s fundamental law,” she said.
To the Catholic
Bishops Conference of the
Angsioco has this to say, “the hurt you feel cannot be compared to the
sufferings of women who die due to pregnancy and childbirth-related
complications and to the agony suffered by the families they leave
SELDA welcomes PNoy
directive for review of Morong 43, urges immediate release of Morong
43 and other political prisoners
September 29, 2010
MANILA – A group of former
political prisoners, Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at
Aresto (SELDA), today welcomed the directive of Pres. Benigno Aquino
III to Justice Sec. Leila de Lima for the review of the case of the
forty three health workers, collectively known as the Morong 43, who
were illegally arrested last February 6, 2010.
“The directive is a
welcomed move. It is high time for Pres. Aquino to give due attention
to the plight of the Morong 43 who are on their almost eighth month of
detention. Their arrest was based on a defective warrant, they were
subjected to torture, and they are being illegally detained. We
emphasize the urgency of the review as well as their immediate
release, for every day of detention is an added injustice and
violation of their rights,” Fr. Dionito Cabillas, SELDA Secretary
The 43 health workers
are among the 388 political prisoners who still languishing in jail
despite the illegality of their arrests. Three hundred sixty one were
arrested and detained during the Arroyo administration.
SELDA said the review
of the case of the Morong 43 should be followed by the subsequent
review of all the cases of political prisoners. SELDA cited the case
of Myrna Cruz, a former teacher and consultant of peasant
organizations in Cagayan Valley, who was illegally arrested last March
2010. Cruz is still under detention despite provincial state
prosecutors’ orders to release her and to dismiss charges against her.
“The cases of
Morong 43, Cruz and other political prisoners are emblematic of the
continuing human rights violations perpetuated through the Arroyo
government’s Oplan Bantay Laya counter-insurgency program. Addressing
these issues, including the withdrawal of Oplan Bantay Laya, should be
Aquino’s top priority,” Cabillas ended.
Barangay, SK election
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
election period for the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK)
elections on October 25 officially started on September 25 and will
last up to November 10.
The 30 days before the
date of the election and 15 days thereafter policy is stipulated in
Resolution 9019, or the Calendar of Activities and periods of certain
prohibited acts in connection with the October 25, 2010 synchronized
SK and Barangay polls, as approved by the Commission en banc.
The period likewise
signifies the implementation of the gun ban nationwide. Under
Resolution 9033, the poll body decided to re-adopt similar resolution
issued for the May 2010 national and local elections to be implemented
in the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) polls next month.
"The establishment of
said checkpoints complemented effectively the implementation of the
ban on firearms and availment of security personnel last May 10
automated national and local elections," the Comelec said.
Gun ban violation is
considered an election offense, which carries a penalty of one to six
years imprisonment and removal of right of suffrage.
government agencies have been tapped by the Comelec to serve as its
deputies for the forthcoming October 25 polls.
In its Resolution No.
9036, the poll body stressed that the Omnibus Election Code allows it
to secure services of government agencies to perform specific duties
relative to the conduct of the elections.
Leading the list are
the Department of Education (DepEd), Department of Finance (DoF),
Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), Department of
Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH),
and the Department of Energy (DoE).
department shall be the one to enforce all orders and instructions
relative to the election duties and functions of public school
teachers as well as the use of all public school buildings designated
as polling places/ centers.
The finance department
is tasked to make sure that all local government treasurers are
available two weeks before and two weeks after Election Day so as to
take custody and storage of election forms, ballot boxes,
paraphernalia, supplies and materials.
On the other hand, the
DOTC would be tasked to monitor the use, rental or hiring of
transportation facilities by any candidate, political party, coalition
of political parties, or groups or organizations in connection with
the election campaign, including the amount paid for such use, rental
As usual, the Energy
Department is being tasked to provide uninterrupted power supply on
the day before and on Election Day, until the termination conclusion
of the canvassing of the election returns and proclamation of the
The DBM will be tasked
to make sure that no unlawful public funds would be released or
disbursed while the DPWH, along with the Metro Manila Development
Authority (MMDA), will be the ones to assist the Commission in
removing and tearing down all unlawful election materials.
Also deputized by the
poll body are the Philippine Postal Service Corporation, the National
Telecommunications Commission, the Civil Service Commission, and the
Commission on Audit.
Ordered to place all
their land, air and water craft and communication facilities at
Comelec's disposal, said the resolution, are the Bangko Sentral ng
Pilipinas (BSP), the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), the
Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP), the Government Service
Insurance System (GSIS), the Social Security System (SSS), the
Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC), the Department of Agriculture
(DA), the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the National Irrigation
Administration (NIA), the National Food Authority (NFA), the National
Electrification Administration (NEA), National Printing Office (NPO),
and the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).
Two celebrations mark
Balangiga Encounter Day
By ALICE NICART
Samar – In what can be tagged as first ever to happen, the 109th
Balangiga Encounter Day was celebrated in two separate venues: one in
front of the Eugenio S. Daza monument fronting the Philippine National
Police Headquarters (PNP) at Camp Asidillo, Alang-alang and the other
at Balangiga town plaza.
The former was done in
simple rights with the Daza heirs and the sons and daughters of World
War II Veterans.
Speaking before a
company of soldiers of the Philippine Army (PA), the PNP, students,
teachers and government employees, Governor Conrado B. Nicart urged
the Eastern Samareños to be vigilant in the implementation of
government infrastructure projects, unlike the American soldiers who
were surprised at the sudden attack of Captain Valeriano Abanador and
his civilian warriors that rendered the death of the foreign soldiers
and several others wounded.
“We have heard about
the $214M grant from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) of the
United States, and we are happy about it because that would
rehabilitate the province’s roads and bridges, but let us all be alert
in the way concerned agencies would be disbursing this funds”, the
He added that the war
against any foreign invader is over but the war against poverty and
corruption is not yet.
“I hope that the
byword, “Farm-to-market funds usually becomes Farm-to-pocket” will be
minimized if not eradicated during my time”, he quipped.
Vice-Governor Sheen Gonzales concurred about
Eastern Samar’s graduation from Club-21 but it has to be sustained
thru the partnership of government and people.
“I hope that the
courage and heroism which Major Daza and Captain Abanador executed in
Balangiga in 1901 will be emulated by us. We will not allow tyranny to
happen anymore in our midst because this was the very message that our
local heroes transmitted to us with their sacrifices; hence let us not
allow poverty to dwell in us forever, let us all work hard together to
lift up our fellow Estehanon”, Gonzales concluded.
At the Balangiga plaza
meanwhile, the program went a little later at shortly before 12 noon
upon the arrival of guest of honor and speaker Congresswoman Lucy
Marie Torres-Gomez with husband Richard.
Speaking from the area
where he was seated, Anchor Caloy Capito of Radyo ng Bayan- DYES, who
took the live coverage described Lucy to be young and freshly looking
lady. As expected, the lady legislator was swarmed with fans as Caloy
continued to describe how Lucy appeared.
introduction to Lucy, Congressman Ben Evardone mentioned that he is
passing a bill for the US government to return the two bells which the
Americans brought home as war booties; Lucy seconded Evardone’s
promise, in fact she said, she co-authored the bill.
(PIA Eastern Samar)
55,300 new members in East Visayas
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Health and PhilHealth is targeting the registration of
55,300 new members regionwide especially the poor and the
marginalized, DOH Region 8 Director Edgardo Gonzaga informed.
Director Gonzaga is
referring to the October 2 nationwide massive PhilHealth registration
which will be conducted in response to President Benigno Aquino III's
marching orders to attain universal PhilHealth coverage in three
The Department of
Health (DOH) and the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC) in
coordination with the Department of Education, the Department of
Social Welfare and Development and the Department of Interior and
Local Government in the Region, will conduct the massive registration
by setting up PhilHealth desks in public schools, municipal halls, all
Philhealth offices and all DOH-retained hospitals region wide.
Among the PhilHealth
registration sites are two in Baybay,
Leyte; one at the fifth class
municipality of Sta.
Fe, also in Leyte; one at the Tacloban Convention Center and another
at Robinsons Place Tacloban.
The regional health
chief heads the task force, which is composed of the DOH, the
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of
Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Department of Education
The DILG will help the
DOH engage local chief executives in the enrolment of indigents in
their respective jurisdictions as identified by the DSWD while DepEd
will help create PhilHealth desks in all public schools to encourage
students and their parents to register and become PhilHealth members.
The activity aims to
enroll the remaining Filipino citizens who are at least 21 years of
age and non-members of the program. It is also open to 18 to 20 year
olds who may need to register; existing contributors who are still
unregistered; those not issued their PhilHealth Number Card or Family
Health Card yet; and those already registered but who may want to
update their membership profile with PhilHealth.
The program mainly
targets those from the self-employed and informal sector who comprise
some 53 percent of the population and of which a substantial portion
can afford to pay for health insurance as individually paying members
On the other hand, the
low income as well as those without the means to pay will benefit from
sponsorships where the national and local governments and other
sponsors shoulder the premiums for their annual coverage.
revenues can fix classroom shortage – solon
And enable gov't to
achieve Millennium Development Goal on education
QUEZON CITY – The
estimated P30 billion in annual revenues from legalized jueteng are
more than enough to address the country's widespread classroom
shortage, and enable the Aquino administration to achieve the
Millennium Development Goal to put every child in school by 2015,
Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. said Sunday.
quickly finds ways to mobilize extraordinary revenues, including
potential earnings from legalized jueteng, Barzaga said it would be
"impossible to send and keep every child in school inside five years."
"In terms of assured
recurring non-tax revenues that can finance the construction of new
classrooms, or the enlistment of additional teachers, nothing can
match government's projected earnings from legalized jueteng," he
Barzaga is author of a
bill seeking to legalize jueteng and channel its proceeds primarily to
support both basic and higher education, and partly to provide for a
25-percent increase in the salaries of local government employees and
police units at the barangay, municipal, city and provincial levels.
President Aquino said
in his first State of the Nation Address that his administration would
need up to P130 billion to fully address the public school system's
classroom scarcity alone.
However, in the
proposed 2011 General Appropriations Act, due to lack of funds, only
P12.4 billion has been earmarked to build a total of 13,147 additional
One of the eight
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that the Philippines and other
United Nations member states agreed to achieve between 1990 to 2015 is
"universal primary education."
The goal binds
government to "ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and
girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary
But funding issues
have prevented government from solving the massive shortfall in
classrooms and other resources that Barzaga said are key to achieving
"100 percent primary school enrolment and completion" ahead of the
statistics, Barzaga said that between 1990 to 2008, the country's "net
enrolment ratio in primary education" increased by only one-half of a
full percentage point, from 84.6 percent to 85.1 percent, whereas the
MDG target indicator is 100 percent by 2015.
He added that between
1990 to 2008, the country's "proportion of pupils starting Grade 1 who
reach Grade 6" improved only marginally, from 69.7 percent to 75.4
percent, whereas the MDG target indicator is 100 percent by 2015.
Also between 1990 to
2008, Barzaga said the country's "primary (schooling) completion rate"
increased only minimally, from 64.2 percent to 73.3 percent, whereas
the MDG target indicator is 100 percent by 2015.
Barzaga said he
expects government's potential revenue from legalized jueteng to be
"incremental" every year. He said more people would embrace legalized
jueteng, "since the draws will be totally clean, transparent and
"Right now, illegal
jueteng operators rig the draws. So it is not true that the illicit
numbers game is a victimless crime. The mostly poor Filipinos
patronizing it now are in fact being swindled in a big way by
racketeers," he said.
As proposed by Barzaga
in House Bill 3289, cities and municipalities would be authorized to
operate jueteng or any variant of the numbers game within their
jurisdiction, except the lotto. They may implement only one numbers
game in their area, after due public consultation and deliberation.
City and municipal
governments would openly conduct the draws, for all to see, just the
lotto draws of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. All
collectors and agents would be considered as city or municipal
"This is the practical
approach to eradicate the evils of jueteng and similar games. We have
to integrate their operation into the local level, under the direct
control and supervision of city and municipal governments, in such a
way that every bettor gets an honest chance to win," Barzaga said.