THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Department of Education (DepEd) in Region I have rolled out its evaluation process for learning materials integrated in the school curriculum.
Francis Domingo, education program supervisor of DepEd in the Ilocos Region, said the activity is a follow-up on the transfer of learning being conducted for the PhilHealth learning materials integrated in the curriculum for Grade 10 students.
Domingo said since PhilHealth is a service provider particularly on health topics, the learning material is incorporated in the health portion of the Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health (MAPEH) subjects.
The inclusion of the health insurance topic started in 2013 but was formally undertaken in 2016, he added.
“This is a good way of trying to measure the competence of our teachers and students and even the 21st century skills like communicative, collaborative, learning and innovative skills which are all present in the learning materials,” Domingo said during the demonstration teaching at the East Central Integrated School (ECIS) in Dagupan City.
Josephine Quiton, field operations division chief of PhilHealth-1, said the learning materials presented in detail how PhilHealth fulfills its mandate of providing every Filipino from all walks of life and ages with health insurance coverage in order to protect them from financial disaster because of ill health.
“With the integration, the students will gain knowledge and deeper understanding about the role of PhilHealth in upholding the health care of our nation,” Quiton said.
Principal Reynaldo Barrozo said he was elated with the inclusion of the learning materials because at an early age, students get to know the concepts and policies of the government health insurance provider.
Janette Avendano, a Grade 10 student of ECIS, said she knew some things about PhilHealth before but gained valuable insights when the module was introduced to them.
“At first, I thought PhilHealth is just for working people. Then I learned that it is also for us, youth and students, if our parents are members of PhilHealth. I myself, benefited from the membership when I got confined and we didn’t pay anything at the hospital because my father is a PhilHealth member,” Avendano quipped.
PhilHealth and DepEd have finished the evaluation process in Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and La Union provinces and is set to complete all the 14 school division offices in the region with the evaluation in Pangasinan school divisions.