26/09/2012: GUAM SIGNS SISTER-CITY AGREEMENT WITH THE PROVINCE OF PANGASINAN, GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF THE USE OF MEDICAID BENEFITS IN THE PHILIPPINES
Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. and Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo lead the signing of the Sister City Agreement between the Province of Pangasinan and the island of Guam as members of the Provincial Board of Pangasinan look on. Other signatories to the agreement include, (L-R) Philippine Consul General to Guam, Hon. Bayani V. Mangibin, Guam Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio, Pangasinan Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim, Jr., and Major Vic Rivo, Sr. (Ret), President of the Federation of Pangasinanses of Guam.
The island of Guam, represented by its Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio, and the Province of Pangasinan, represented by Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr., and Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr., today signed a sister-city agreement in a ceremony held at the Latte of Freedom Hall of Governors located at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governor's Complex, Adelup, Guam.
The twinning agreement is an initiative of the Federation of Pangasinanses of Guam, led by its president, Major Vic Rivo, Jr. (Ret.) and two leading senators of the Guam Legislature, Majority Leader Rory Respicio and Sen. Judith Guthertz, who are also adopted son and daughter of Pangasinan, respectively.
(Seated, L-R) Consul General Mangibin, Guam Lt. Gov. Ray Tenorio, Pangasinan Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr., Guam Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, Pangasinan Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr. and Major Vic Rivo, President of the Federation of Pangasinanses of Guam. (Standing, L-R) Mrs. Gloria Guico-Rivo, Mrs. Amadeo Espino, Atty. Verna Nava-Perez, Mrs. Priscilla Espino, and the Provincial Board Members of Pangasinan: Hon. Salvador S. Perez, Hon. Angel Baniqued, Hon. Jeremy Agerico Rosario, Hon. Generoso Tulagan, Jr., Hon. Von Mark Mendoza, Hon. Alfonso Bince, Jr., Hon. Danilo Uy, Hon. Amadeo Espino, and Hon. Mojamito Libunao, Jr.
Aside from Governor Espino and his wife, Mrs. Priscilla Espino, and Vice Governor Calimlim, the delegation from the Province of Pangasinan is comprised of Provincial Board Majority Floor Leader Angel Baniqued (3rd District), Provincial Board Members Von Mark Mendoza (2nd District), Jeremy Agerico Rosario (4th District), Generoso Tulagan, Jr. (3rd District), Atty. Mojamito Libunao, Jr. (4th District), Danilo Uy (5th District), Alfonso Bince, Jr. (6th District), Salvador Perez, Jr. (Chapter President of Philippine Councilors League), Amadeo Espino (President of the Liga ng Mga Barangay) and his wife, and Legislative Secretary Atty. Verna T. Nava-Perez.
Philippine Consul General to Guam, Hon. Bayani V. Mangibin, witnessed the signing of this very important agreement that seeks to further enhance the relations between the island of Guam and the Province of Pangasinan, as well as the Philippines, in general.
Guam Government Officials who witnessed the signing of the agreement include (Standing, L-R) Sen. Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., Sen. Tina Muna-Barnes, Speaker Judith Won Pat, Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Sen. Rory Respicio, Sen. Judith Guthertz, Mayor Carol Tayama of Agat, and Vice Mayor Robert Hoffman of Sinajana.
The signing ceremony was also attended by Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo, Speaker Judith Won Pat of the 31st Guam Legislature and other members of the Guam Legislature such as, Sen. Tina Muna-Barnes, Sen. Rory Respicio, Sen. Judith Guthertz, and Sen. Dennis Rodriguez, Jr.; the officers of the Mayors Council of Guam (MCOG), led by its president Melissa Savares, Mayor of Dededo; MCOG Vice President Robert Hoffman, Vice Mayor of Sinajana; and MCOG Secretary Carol Tayama, Mayor of Agat; as well as the officers and members of the Federation of Pangasinanses.
During his speech, Gov. Calvo also announced that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services has already granted the Government of Guam's request to allow its residents who receive Medicaid benefits to avail of medical services in the Philippines. He likewise thanked Government of Guam officials who helped lobby for the approval of this measure, particularly Congresswoman Bordallo.
In a press release issued by the Governor's office shortly after the signing ceremony, the Government of Guam announced that, with the approval, Medicaid services may be availed in the Philippines by Guam Medicaid recipients under the following conditions:
- emergency or medically-necessary services are not available on Guam;
- out-of-country provider must be the nearest source of care;
- foreign providers must be JACHO-certified; and
- foreign providers must have a signed agreement with the Medicaid agency.
A precondition to the full effect of the approval is the amendment of Guam Medicaid Program's State Plan, which is now being undertaken by the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services.END