MANILA -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will be providing benefits for the victims of the major earthquake last week, specifically those in areas under a state of calamity.
“Benefits shall cover for hospitalization and for outpatient surgical treatment and procedures accorded to all affected. They will issue the appropriate guidelines at the soonest possible time,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement.
The death toll from the massive earthquake in Visayas last Tuesday has reached 185 as of Sunday, according to a report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
As of 7 a.m. Sunday, the NDRRMC said 185 individuals have died from the killer quake, with 172 coming from Bohol, where the epicenter of the magnitude 7.2 quake was located.
Twelve people died in the neighboring province of Cebu, while one died in Siquijor.
At least 583 people were injured, 489 of whom were from Bohol. Eighty-nine people in Cebu also suffered injuries. Nine people – all from Bohol – remain missing.