At least 17,000 indigents from the city’s 76 barangays have recently received their health insurance coverage.
The distribution of the cards was attended by some local and PhilHealth officials.
Vice Governor Pearl Angeli Pacada said the distribution of PhilHealth cards to indigent families is in keeping with the promise of the administration of Gov. Victor Yap to provide Tarlaquenos with better medical and health benefits.
The PhilHealth card is part of the program of the province to promote quality health services to its residents. Beneficiaries need not pay any amount and cards are automatically activated once they are distributed, Pacada said.
Second district Rep. Susan Yap, for her part, said the provincial government and her office are proud of this project because it benefits most of indigent Tarlaqueño families.
She also said that this program, with the support of different municipalities in the province, bring much needed basic health services to the public and geared towards the full implementation of the National Health Insurance Act.
The governor said that to further boost the delivery of health services of the province, the completion of the construction of additional hospital building and providing state-of-the-art medical facilities and apparatus is on the way to provide enough medicines and free check-ups to less fortunate residents.
“People in the past used to shy away from the Tarlac Provincial Hospital because of its poor facilities. But now it has become a symbol of a modern hospital that is ready to serve especially the poor,” he said.