PhilHealth rolls out learn­ers’ ma­te­rial for Grade 10 Health

The Freeman - - COMMUNITY -

The Philip­pine Health In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion (PhilHealth), through its So­cial Health In­sur­ance Academy and in part­ner­ship with the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (DepEd), de­vel­oped a learn­ers’ ma­te­rial for 10th Grade Health in pub­lic schools to pro­mote un­der­stand­ing of the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance Pro­gram (NHIP) as a health care fi­nanc­ing mech­a­nism for Filipinos.

The PhilHealth Learn­ers’ Ma­te­rial, cer­ti­fied by DepEd’s Bu­reau of Cur­ricu­lum De­vel­op­ment as com­pli­ant with the K-12 cur­ricu­lum stan­dards, is taught un­der the Health com­po­nent of the Mu­sic, Arts, Phys­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion, and Health (MAPEH) sub­ject of tenth graders dur­ing the first quar­ter of the school year.

PhilHealth and DepEd en­tered into a me­moran­dum of agree­ment for the na­tion­wide roll­out of the PhilHealth Learn­ers’ Ma­te­rial, defin­ing the roles of the two part­ners in strength­en­ing health in­for­ma­tion and ed­u­ca­tion among Grade 10 stu­dents and teach­ers in pub­lic schools be­gin­ning school year 2017-2018.

Im­ple­ment­ing the use of the learn­ers’ ma­te­rial in­volves ori­ent­ing Grade 10 Health teach­ers on NHIP and train­ing them on how to use the PhilHealth Learn­ers’ Ma­te­rial. PhilHealth also mon­i­tored and eval­u­ated the ini­tial teach­ing of the ma­te­rial by some of the trained teach­ers to as­sess its ef­fec­tive­ness and de­ter­mine pos­si­ble en­hance­ments.

In Cen­tral Visayas, the Man­daue City Schools Divi­sion and the Lapu-Lapu City Schools Divi­sion were the pi­lot im­ple­menters of the pro­gram last year.

“PhilHealth Learn­ers’ Ma­te­rial is re­ally very in­for­ma­tive not just for the stu­dents who might just have heard a lit­tle about PhilHealth but also to the teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors alike,” said Niño Matil­lano, Man­daue City Schools Divi­sion ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram su­per­vi­sor and awarded out­stand­ing teacher.

Matil­lano also urged other pub­lic schools to work to­gether and part­ner with PhilHealth in be­com­ing chan­nels and ad­vo­cates of pos­i­tive in­for­ma­tion.

From May to Au­gust this year, PhilHealth-7 ori­ented both teach­ing and non-teach­ing per­son­nel of DepEd on the NHIP, and trained tenth grade MAPEH or Health teach­ers on the use of the PhilHealth Learn­ers’ Ma­te­rial.

The schools di­vi­sions in­clude Car­car City, Du­maguete City, Siqui­jor, Bo­hol, Gui­hul­ngan City, and Danao City. The train­ing and ori­en­ta­tion for the Tal­isay City Schools Divi­sion, on the other hand, is sched­uled on Novem­ber 16.

With the learn­ers’ ma­te­rial, PhilHealth aims to equip stu­dents with knowl­edge and un­der­stand­ing about the prin­ci­ples of so­cial health in­sur­ance, which is rooted in the Filipino value of "bayani­han,” and to de­velop young ad­vo­cates of the pro­gram.

(PR)

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