AnaKalusugan roll out Kalusugan Health Kard
Barangay health workers among the first beneficiaries
The provincial governnment of Batangas and Anakalusugan party-list have forged a partnership for the distribution of Kalusugan Health Kard to qualified beneficiaries, including barangay health workers.
“The advocacy of AnaKalusugan party-list is the same as ours. We want to give a high level of importance to health among our constitutents in Batangas province. And we want Batangas to be a good example so that we can also raise the level of importance given to health across the country with AnaKalusugan’s help,” said Gov. Hermilando Mandanas during the signing of the deed of the donation between the provincial government and the party-list organization.
Beneficiaries of the Kalusugan Health Kard can avail of free medical services in any government hospitals within the province of Batangas and other accredited health facilities.
The medical services shall include the professional fees of doctors, laboratory fees and use of hospital rooms and other medical facilities, among others.
AnaKalusugan nominee Ray Reyes, for his part, said the decision to have barangay health workers as among the first beneficiaries of the Kalusugan Health Kard was symbolic of the need to protect the safety and welfare of health care workers, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our barangay health workers form part of the one of the most important health pillars in our country. Without them, our healthcare system cannot survive,” Reyes said.
Former Rep. Gina Reyes-Mandanas, also a nominee of the party-list, said AnaKalusugan has been at the forefront in pushing for the regularization of barangay health workers.
AnaKalusugan party-list was among the co-authors of House Bill No. 10112 which also seeks to increase the compensation and benefits of barangay health workers to strengthen the primary healthcare system amid the pandemic.
The bill seeks to establish a Special Barangay Health Workers Assistance Program under the Department of Health that will provide additional financial and technical assistance, training, and other forms of support to BHWs.
“As front liners of our primary healthcare system, our barangay health workers must be given sufficient incentives, benefits, and most of all, just compensation for all the hard work they have done for us. The goal of improving the Primary Healthcare System necessarily carries with it the responsibility of taking care and supporting those in charge of implementing the same,” the authors said in the explanatory note of the bill.