Bontoc assured assistance to indigent residents

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BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Bontoc Local Government Unit (LGU) continues to provide financial assistance to its indigent constituents who are undergoing medical treatments.

This is covered under Bontoc LGU Assistance Program signed by Mayor Franklin Odsey and passed by the Sangguniang Bayan through Resolution No. 64, S. 2019.

For the year 2021, four individuals received P10, 000 each as financial assistance from the Bontoc LGU to augment their medical expenses. Of the total beneficiaries, three are from Barangay Bontoc Ili, and one from Barangay Samoki.

This was reported by Officer-in-Charge Stephanie Kanongkong of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office (MSWDO) during the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) meeting on May 19, 2021, at the Bontoc Municipal Capitol auditorium.

Those who may avail of the program are patient with heart illness who needs to undergo heart surgery; Chronic Kidney patient who needs to undergo surgery such as kidney transplant and needs to undergo hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis sessions for the first time; cancer patient who is undergoing chemotherapy/radiation and/or who needs to undergo surgery; and must be a resident of Bontoc, Mountain Province.

The assistance will be given to qualified clients once a year. Maximum financial assistance of P10,000 is given to a heart and/or a cancer patient who has a medical expense or bill of P50,000 and above. However, if the medical expense is less than P50,000, the maximum assistance is P5,000. For kidney patients, the maximum financial assistance is P3,000.

In addition, requirements must be submitted and must be valid within three months upon discharge from hospital. If with an unsettled bill, an itemized statement of account with complete name and signature of billing clerk should be submitted.

Required documents include Medical Certificate with signature and license number of attending physician not later than three months; Barangay Certificate of Residency, Voter’s Certificate from the Commission on Election (COMELEC); Social Case Study Report from the MSWDO for the P5,000 to P10,000 financial assistance; and Certificate of Indigency from the MSWDO for the P3,000 financial assistance.

For further inquiries about the program, the public is advised to visit the MSWDO located at the First Floor of the Bontoc Municipal Capitol. By Alpine L. Killa

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