by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, July 28 (PIA) — The Provincial Health Team ,(PHT) comprising of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), Department of Health (DOH), Philhealth Provincial Field Office, city and provincial Department of Education Superintendents, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Provincial Social Welfare and Development office (PSWDO) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA),conducted an evaluation and planning of a roll out activity of the continuous implementation of the Philhealth registration here last week at ST Lopez Hall of the Sorsogon Provincial Hospital (PHO) presided by Dr. Edgar Garcia. provincial health officer.
Inputs of the different partner agencies were assessed and Dr. Napoleon Arevalo facilitated the discussion as to the merits of the strategies implemented during the Philhealth Sabado II activity last June 25.
According to Mr Alfredo Jubilo, while the provincial target was not achieved as it was hoped, very commendable were the efforts provided by health workers and he assistance both in manpower and logistics of the local government units in the two venues, Sorsogon City and Castilla.
Immediate concerns were raised to strengthen and sustain the implementation of the continuous registration roll out activity of the Philhealth which according to Dr Arevalo is more DepEd focused.
Dr. Virgilio Real, DepEd City Schools Division Superintendent said that the need to strengthen the Information Education Campaign (IEC) in all schools by orienting the city and provincial schools personnel is a must and it was scheduled last July 26 while orientation of media practitioners was scheduled August 5.
He also suggested that as part of the planned roll out activity will be the distribution of Philhealth forms that should be made available from July 25 onwards. He said that based on school population, Philhealth has to provide 30,000 pieces of survey forms for the city and 116,000 Philhealth survey forms for the province.
Meanwhile the establishment of Philhealth Desks (PDs) should be done province wide according to Dr. Real and IEC materials together with Philhealth survey forms be made available at the PDs.
Provincewide establishments of PDs is scheduled from August 29-31 to include also the orientation of personnel who will be assigned in the PDs.
To strengthen the IEC, Dr. Real also suggested that 528 tarpaulins be provided for posting in all school to provide an intensive information campaign awareness of the activity.
Jubilo said that this will be recommended to the Philhealth regional office V since this entails quite a big amount and the results of the recommendation will be immediately relayed to the PHT.
Other activities like radio hopping, Parent Teacher Association Conference (PTAC) and coordination with local government units will be an add on year round activities that will be started this first week of August as agreed by the members of the Provincial Health Team (PHT).
A monitoring and evaluation activity was also included and a monthly meeting will also be called as the need arises as suggested by Dr. Garcia.
The PHT scheduled the posting of tarpaulins in all schools province wide to be done simultaneously this August 18.
Mandated agencies assigned to conduct certain activities will inform the PHT as to the collegial implementation. (PIA-SORSOGON)