Bold and groundbreaking.

This is how PhilHealth CEO Alexander Padilla and Sultan Kudarat Educational Institute (SKEI) School Director Dante Eugenio, MD describe PhilHealth’s newest program in the academe.

On 21 April 2015 at the EMR Center in Koronadal City, the PhilHealth and SKEI entered into a Memorandum of Agreement for the Integration of Social Health Insurance (SHI) modules into the Institute’s Midwifery and Nursing subjects – a first in the country.

“This is the first time that we are formalizing our entry to the academic curriculum,” said CEO Padilla. “What better way [to create awareness and understanding on the role of SHI in the lives of Filipinos] than to start education among our future players in the health care industry,” he added.

“When I first heard about this program and PhilHealth’s intent to work with us, I asked: Why here in Tacurong? Why here in Mindanao?,” shared Dr. Eugenio.

“Well, why not?” answered Philhealth VP on Corporate Affairs, Dr. Israel Francis A. Pargas.

“At first I thought it was a ridiculous idea…but when I became more familiar with it, I was enlightened on the brilliance of this project,” Dr. Eugenio added.

Mayor Lina Montilla who witnessed the MOA signing also lauded the program. “Daku ni nga bulig sa aton sa LGU. Ang students nga ma-train subong, strong partners na naton sila sa ti-on nga sila na ang frontline health care providers naton sa community,” said Mayor Montilla.

“We hope [that] all other midwifery and nursing institutions will follow,” challenged Philhealth COO, Mr.Ramon F. Aristoza, Jr.

“What else can we say but to continue working hand in hand for the sustainable implementation of this program,” Philhealth XII RVP, Dr. Miriam Grace Pamonag said.

After the MOA Signing, faculty and personnel of the SKEI and Sultan Kudarat Doctors Hospital participated in an orientation session on the National Health Act of 2013. They were also briefed on the role of partner advocates in the National Health Insurance Program. Mayor Montilla also joined the said orientation facilitated by Dr. Pargas.

Through this program, PhilHealth hopes to empower future health care providers and frontliners to become its partner advocates.

(LGU-Tacurong City Information)