Some 80 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) have applied for a Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) coverage from the different sub-colonies of the Iwahig Corrections Facilities (ICF).

In an interview on Friday, ICF spokesperson corrections technical officer II Levi Evangelista said this number will increase in the following days due to ongoing application.

“Ongoing ‘yong pagpa-process noon, ‘yon din ang mga nabigyan ng PWD (person with disability identification cards) last time para sa pagpapagamot nila dito sa labas or sa medication,” he said.

Evangelista said this is the first time this happened in the ICF.

He said that the recipients of the PWD IDs are the same individuals that will get the PhilHealth cards.

The applications of the PDLs that were processed will be enrolled and covered under the program and classified as “indigent”.

“Kapag may babayaran man, ika-cover na rin ng PhilHealth. Just in case na magdala kami ng patient na di kaya yong operation sa aming infirmary, because PhilHealth beneficiary na sila, napakalaking bagay,” he said.

Membership in the PhilHealth, Evangelista said, will also help the ICF in terms of budget for their medical needs.

The application started on Wednesday, October 2, and is still ongoing to get applications from the entire colony.

As of press time, the application was extended to the Inagawan sub-colony after the application in the central colony.