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31The Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines, represented by its National President Gov. Alfonso V. Umali, Jr., signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC, or PhilHealth) for a partnership to conduct trainings for local governments, to promote primary care week and universal health care and the implementation of the national health insurance program among local governments. The MOU signing coincides with PhilHealth’s 19th anniversary celebration, February 14, in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Ortigas.
MOU witnesses for local governments are Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista (National President, League of Cities of the Philippines), and Palawan Gov. Jose Alvarez of Palawan (Board Member-at-large for Luzon, League of Provinces of the Philippines). PhilHealth President and CEO Atty. Alexander Padilla led the signatories for the organization.