BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines — Bacolod City council Committee on Health chairman Claudio Jesus Raymundo ‘Kalaw’ Puentevella said the Bacolod City Comprehensive Health Program (BacCHP) just had its first beneficiary who was admitted to Metro Bacolod Hospital, one of the two partner hospitals of the city for the program.
Junri Ari of Barangay (village) 27, diagnosed with malignant melanoma was the pioneer beneficiary of the BacCHPcard. He had gone through surgery and is currently on recovery.
Puentevella said they have distributed 200 cards to Barangay Granada and barangay 7 BacCHP recipients today, 6 March 2023 during the regular flag ceremony.
They, too, are working now to initially distribute 15,000 cards to indigent Bacolodnons who have gone through initial screening, and verification.
Mayor Albee Benitez, in his statement posted on Bacolod City Public Information Office facebook page, said that easy access to health services has always been his top priority in his term which was why the BacCHP program was launched.
This program aims to help indigent people who can not afford treatment to receive proper health care.
He added that this will also remove the inconvenience of patients who have to go to the Bacolod City Government Center to ask for assistance.
There are currently 30,000 recipients of the BacCHP program in the city.