August 18, 2017: *** The National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is now faced with the problem of looking for usable areas to hold transmission lines that would link the power barge in Tapal Wharf in Ubay town to a substation in Barangay Emelda of the same town. ***The City Government of Tagbilaran is set to sign a memorandum of agreement with BFAR for a multi-million peso livelihood project intended to uplift the living conditions of the fisherfolk. ***47th Infantry Battalion Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Joel Malig said units under him are currently undergoing intensified intelligence operations along with other allied units to confirm the reports on sightings of armed men in Bohol. *** LGU Pilar's program, "Productivity Improvement thru landcare and Agriculture Resource Development and Management"(Pilar Dam) landed in the top 20 in Taking Look 2017. *** LGU Panglao got third place (3rd-6th class municipalities) in Infrastructure during the 5th Regional Competitiveness Summit held at PICC recently. ***LGU Panglao's entry program "A Purok-Based Approach in Basic Education Reforms/Turo-Turismo: Strengthening Partnership and Industry Linkage for Effective K-12 Implementation is among the 20 finalist of the Galing Pook Awards 2017. ***The towns of Panglao and Pilar are among the 20 finalists in the yearly search for Galing Pook Awards 2017. *** The National Food Authority in Bohol said prices of rice in the province have been on an uptrend since last week reaching an increase of up to P5 per kilo. *** A man listed in the Bohol Provincial Police Office drug watch list was caught last night with drugs weighed 80 grams with estimated street value of P993,000.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

After Senior Citizens, 

TAGBILARAN CITY, July 23 (PIA)--A key official of the Bohol Federation of Disabled Persons Inc. (BFDPI) calls on for support to the house bill that seeks mandatory Philhealth membership and thus medical coverage to persons with disabilities (PWD) and children with special needs (CSN), in line with the week's advocacy to grant marginalized sectors insured rehabilitation, self -development and reliance. 

Speaking at the weekly Kapihan sa PIA on the same day the country's sublime paralytic Apolinario Mabini was born and upon whose birth week the country commemorates National Disability Prevention, BFDPI President Mateo Quilas argued that a mandatory coverage "will go a long way to help these less privileged persons," meaning persons with disabilities and children with special needs. 

Quilas, who founded the BFDPI and has received various awards for his advocacy including a most recent Governor's Award for social service handed to him by Gov. Edgar Chatto July 22, sees that a mandatory Philhealth membership would be an alleviation for families who are nurturing PWDs and CSN. 
In Bohol, only a very few percentage of PWDs are earning and has the capacity to pay for contributions, so that when they need medical services, the family would suffer all the more for cash payments. 

This too as Bohol PWD head who is sight impaired, said they have attained around 70% in their goal to register all PWDs and CSN as well as categorize them as to their potential work skills so that trainings can be pushed to capacitate these people and improve on their self reliance. 

The house of representatives now hold pending two bills which both seek to help PWDs get mandatory government health care membership, one version even going to the length of Philhealth not exacting the first year of contributions after signing up as Philhealth members. 

House Bill 5959 seeks mandatory Philhealth membership to PWDs and CSN to further help self employed PWDs in their pursuit to become productive citizens, and to assist parents of CSN get treatments and special services to their kids needing attention. 

An almost similar proposal is also in House Bill 5012, which seeks to give Philhealth benefits exclusively for indigent, abandoned and orphaned Filipino PWDs. 

Both house bills pending at the House Committee on Health came at the heels of the President's signing of Republic Act 10645 which provides for automatic Philhealth benefits to Filipino senior citizens. (rac/PIA7/Bohol)

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