Issue of June 11, 2017
Mt. Province

68th Courier Anniversary Issue
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Dad pushes for free meds, aid for indigents
by PIO release

The poor should be afforded more services by the government.

An ordinance was recently proposed at the city council granting medical aid to poor residents of Baguio.

The proposed ordinance said any person or family who has no means of supporting themselves or those who have no means of livelihood or any person or family who is poor must be supported at public expense.

Any person can may avail himself of the services of the program upon the approval of the mayor or his authorized representative through a certification and recommendation from the Office of the City Social Welfare and Development Officer, which shall determine the financial status and condition of the prospective beneficiary and his or her family.

The OCSWD and City Health Services Office, in coordination with medical service providers, will be responsible for providing treatment or medication to indigent patients and the city government, through the mayor, may enter into a contract with medical service providers operating in the city to perform the said services.

The city government will provide P5,000 assistance and the book of registry and medical certificate will be kept and contain among other entries, the name of the patient, personal data, clinical abstract, certificate of no land holding from the City Assessor’s Office, recommendation and certification of the OCSWD that the prospective beneficiary and his or her family is indigent, and the approval of the mayor through his authorized representative.

The book of registry or medical certificate will be considered as a public and official document and the office of the Local Civil Registrar will be responsible for the maintenance and safekeeping of said registry or medical certificates and shall cause the availability and production of copies of said document upon formal written request.

The OCSWD, in coordination with the HSO, will be authorized to promulgate the rules and regulations necessary to implement and achieve the purpose of the proposed ordinance.

Proponent Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr. underscored the right to free medical services or easy access to medicines is a basic right that should be accorded to the poor.

The proposal was passed on first reading.

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