Posted on May 8, 2010


DAAN BANTAYAN CORRO/MAY 08,2010:Daan Bantayan Mayorality candidate Engr. Augusto "Itok" Corro showed the health card distributed by the incumbent Daan Bantayan Mayor and candidate for Baord Member for Fourth District Sun Shimura and Daan Batayan Vice-Mayor and candidate for Mayor Malou Loot during an interview in his residence in Daan Bantayan.(CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON)

Fourth District Provincial Board member candidate and Daanbantayan Mayor Sun Shimura in an interview with Cebu Daily News (CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON)

Before the election period started, the municipality of Daanbantayan has been distributing health cards since January to indigent residents of their town. Shimura told Cebu Daily News they have already given out 33,000 health cards.

The bearer as well as the dependent beneficiaries of the card can avail of the P10,000 worth of medical benefit for a major surgery, P5,000 for minor surgery, and P3,000 for out-patient services in any government or private hospitals accredited by the municipality, or P1,000 worth of medicines purchased only in Daanbantayan.

However, the card holder can only avail of the benefits once a year. He said the program expires when his term ends. However he said his mother, Daanbantayan Vice Mayor Ma. Luisa Loot has assured him that he will continue his program if given the mandate.

But opposition candidate Corro said it is a way of indirect vote-buying by the administration.

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