The chieftain of an urban barangay in Butuan has deplored politicking in the enlistment of beneficiaries of the city government-sponsored Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) coverage.
Monico Bustillo, chairman of Barangay Ambago, said partisan politics played a role in the enlistment and profiling of beneficiaries to the detriment of deserving but lowly constituents.
Bustillo said this year’s Philhealth membership coverage saw a large number of his constituents, mostly indigents and health workers stricken off the list.
“Ang reklamo sa barangay ang pagkawala sa listahan sa mga tao nga dapat tagaan. Kita sa barangay nato ang nagkabalo kinsa ang pinaka-dapat tabangan,” Bustillo told a local radio.
Only 2 out of 16 Ambago health workers have been re-enlisted or enrolled in the health program, according to Bustillo.
“Dili mana mao, let’s set aside politics, e-priority ang dapat tagaan. Tungod kay dili supporters sa admin, ereson nato tanan,” the opposition village chair lamented.
Adding insult to injury, the barangay council was sidelined in the enlistment and profiling process as this was spearheaded by a certain Jun Rosal, who Bustillo said, is the Barangay Precinct Officer for Ambago (BPO) of Mayor RonnieVic Lagnada.
“Rosal is a private person and not even a purok official. Ang amo lang unta dapat e-coordinate nila sa barangay council,” he said.
City Information Officer Eldie David, for his part, challenged Bustillo to show evidence of wrongdoings in the Lagnada administration effort to streamline Philhealth enrollees and weed out “double entries” from membership coverage.
He also turned the table on Bustillo, accusing the latter as the one playing politics.
Bustillo could have raised first his concern in the Office of Barangay Affairs-Special Concerns but opted to bring the issue directly to the media, David said. By GD