THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) to integrate the social health insurance module in the basic to tertiary education curriculum.
The program was introduced to students in the tertiary level of Sultan Kudarat Educational Institution in Tacurong, Sultan Kudarat, in 2015 where it gained favorable feedback.
On the other hand, the program for basic education was introduced to Rizal High School in Pasig City in the same year.
This year, PhilHealth, through its regional offices, started rolling out the program and PhilHealth Regional Office 12 under its Regional Vice President Miriam Grace Pamonag, has initially conducted the training to DepEd 12 MAPEH Division and District Coordinators led by DepEd 12 Regional Education Program Supervisor Norman Valeroso.
Pamonag said PhilHealth cannot do it all alone.
“I always believe in the power and authority of teachers in terms of influencing the minds of the young learners. I for one can attest because when my son was still young, he used to assert that his teacher said this and that and it is what is right. Indeed, there is no better way of introducing this program in order to become a lifestyle of the entire citizenry than having it done among the young,” she said.
Valeroso said DepEd is willing to give its all out support for the benefit of students and the nation as a whole.
Issues on its sustainable implementation were taken up during the forum and it was agreed upon during the meeting that both parties shall conduct regular monitoring and evaluation to carry out the program successfully.
The Education department assured PhilHealth that it has already institutionalized its standard monitoring and evaluation from the division down to the district level, and that it can be utilized for the project.