PhilHealth mall office in Urdaneta to service eastern Pangasinan

URDANETA CITY, July 1 (PIA) -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has opened a local health insurance office (LHIO) inside a mall to make transactions more convenient for eastern Pangasinan clients.

The Philhealth office is located at the third floor of CB Mall here beside the office of the Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund.

OIC Regional Vice-President Rodolfo Del Rosario said that the existing LHIO at the Sanctuary I.T. Building, relocated to the CB mall to deliver its services closer to the public.

“It is the nature of Filipinos to go in the mall, urging us to house the LHIO here,” said Del Rosario during the launch last week.

“The location is accessible, the place is secured and comfortable, and clients will not be bored since they can stroll while waiting for their transactions,” he said.

The CB Mall space is rent-free for five years under the public-private partnership (PPP) scheme.

“The amount intended for office space rental will be saved for projects that can realize the health insurance program of the national government,” said Del Rosario.

The arrangement with CB Mall is similar to other PhilHealth offices where a Lingkod Pinoy Center is housed at the Robinsons Place in Laoag City and in Calasiao in Pangasinan.

“The lease of office space is also free and PhilHealth’s office is placed beside other government centers such as Pag-IBIG Fund, National Statistics Office, Philippine Postal Corporation, and Social Security System so transactions are done like in a one-stop shop,” Del Rosario said.

Sixth district Board Member Alfonso Bince, Jr. led the mall office inaugural launch.

After the launch, officials and personnel of PhilHealth led by Senior Vice-President Ernesto Beltran turned-over a ceremonial check to Noel Valencia, executive director of the Kanlungan Center Foundation, Inc.

The check, amounting to more than P600,000, contains the proceeds of the PhilHealth Run 2013: Nationwide Run for Mother and Child Protection held last February 17 to raise funds for universal health care in the country.

The Kanlungan Center Foundation, Inc. (KANLUNGAN) is a non-government, non-profit organization established on July 17, 1989 primarily to work with overseas Filipino workers and their families in addressing problems and issues such as contract violations, illegal recruitment, violence against women migrants, trafficking in women and children, occupational hazards, indifference and neglect of the Philippine government.

“Hopefully, the amount given by PhilHealth can help KANLUNGAN in their advocacies,” said Del Rosario. (MCA/AMM PIA1- Pangasinan)