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Bulacan gov underlines the important roles, benefits of BHWs
By: PPAO
Tuesday, 25 February 2014
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INCENTIVES FOR BHWs. Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado hands over the 1st quarter incentive to one of the approximately 4,000 barangay health workers during the Barangay Health Workers’ Health Update held at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium Tuesday morning. Also in the photo is Vice Governor Daniel R. Fernando. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS - “Kayo ang kamay, mata at bibig ng pamahalaan,” Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado said as he stressed the importance of Barangay Health Workers in the delivery of government service during the recently concluded general assembly of BHWs at the Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium in this city, Tuesday morning.

“Kami ay nagpapasalamat sa inyong lahat sa ginagawa ninyong pagsasakripisyo. Bakit number one ang Bulacan sa halos buong bansa? Hindi dahil samin ni Vice Gov ‘yon, kundi dahil sa inyo na dahilan kung paanong ang proyekto natin ay nakakarating sa mga barangay,” Alvarado said.

The Provincial Public Health Office also briefed the BHWs about their roles and functions as well as the guidelines needed by incoming health workers.

BHWs are the community organizers that coordinate health programs to barangay officials that will be implemented in the communities; they also function as “health educators” wherein they teach the latest health care programs and disease prevention campaigns to the communities; and Health Care Service Provider that will refer patients to government-run hospitals.

Alvarado also announced the benefits that the PGB will provide to BHWs which includes scholarships for their children who are about to enroll in college and monthly incentives.

Aside from this, the governor also said that the BHWs will be given PhilHealth Cards whom he has time and again describe as the “saving grace” and “lifeline” of public hospitals.

The provincial chief executive also told the barangay health workers that the “point of care” policy of PhilHealth has been implemented in Bulacan wherein if a patient walks in at the hospital without PhilHealth, he will only need to pay P2,400 as a contribution for the whole year and will be subjected to the no bill policy.

“Ngayon, lahat ng mga mahihirap nating kababayan na magpapagamot sa ating Bulacan Medical Center ay ma-e-enroll na sa “point of care” policy ng PhilHealth. ‘Yung mga walang kakayahang magbayad, sasagutin po ng Kapitolyo ang bayad sa PhilHealth, at ‘yung mga ganitong impormasyon po ang dapat malaman ng publiko sa pamamagitan ninyo,” Alvarado added.

PPHO also discussed the 10-year Millennium Development Goal (MDG) which will end in 2015 wherein four of this is anchored to health: MDG 4 which aims to lower new born mortality rate; MDG 5 to reduce death rate of mothers due to giving birth; MDG 6 to trim down mortality rate due to communicable diseases; and MDG 7 to boost environmental health. ###

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