This morning, I was finally able to apply for a Las Piñas Green Card. But right after completing the process, it dawned on me that I may not be able to use it after all. Sigh.
I first heard of the Las Piñas Green card sometime last year, from a friend who was also pregnant. She told me that a Las Piñas Green card entitles its owner to some medical benefits when used in a Las Piñas medical facility. I had no use for it then so I didn’t bother to learn more about it.
When I got pregnant early this year, I remembered about the green card. But it wasn’t until another preggy friend mentioned it again two months ago that I decided to seriously apply for one. Even when a cousin told me that I may have a slim chance of getting an approval since priority is given more to underprivileged citizens, I still took my friend’s advice to try my luck. Besides, a chance of being given a medical assistance of around P20k is just too tempting to resist.
My friend already had a head start and she was kind enough to brief me on the application process. My hubby accompanied me to the barangay office to get a cedula and a barangay clearance. The issuer even told me, “More than 20 years ka na pala dito sa Las Piñas, bakit ngayon ka lang naga-apply ng green card?” Sheepishly, all I could say was, “Ngayon ko lang po kasi nalaman na may ganun pala.”
Together with photocopies of my marriage contract, my son’s birth certificate and 2 pieces of 1 x 1 ID picture, I brought my cedula and barangay clearance to the Las Piñas City Municipal Hall. A voter’s ID is also required but since I don’t have one yet, my hubby and I had to get a voter’s certification (which costs P75) from the local COMELEC office. After that, we proceeded to the local DSWD office to fill up a green card application form and submit all the requirements. The lady gave me a small paper which serves as an acknowledgment receipt and told me that a certain Marie will call me up after a month to update me on the status of my application.
But before we left, my hubby asked the lady if the green card can indeed be used in any Las Piñas hospital. The lady answered, “No. Only in Las Piñas Doctor’s Hospital, San Juan De Dios, and PGH.” Alarmed, I asked her, “Hindi po ba kasama ang Perpetual?” The lady shook her head and replied, “Hindi sya accredited. Tatlo pa lang. Bigyan kita copy ng guidelines ha,” then handed me a piece of paper containing the confinement procedures under the Las Piñas Hospitalization Program.
Back in the car, I immediately read the guidelines and true enough, only those three hospitals were mentioned. It’s also true that a green card holder can enjoy a maximum of P25k assistance, but there are many restrictions. For confinements, only the Service Ward can be availed of and only accredited doctors can treat the patient. For those giving birth, only the Las Piñas Lying-in clinic can take them in, and they must have had their pre-natal check-ups in their assigned Health Centers. Haay…
Obviously, I cannot use that green card for my intended purpose (childbirth) because I’ve no plans of giving birth in a Lying-in clinic. I’m thankful to my inquisitive hubby who wisely asked that critical question concerning accredited hospitals. Otherwise, I would’ve wasted my time praying so hard for a piece of card that apparently has very little value to my present needs.
On our way home, my hubby said, “Maybe God is telling us that we can truly rely on our own resources. Kakayanin natin yun. We just need to trust Him more.” Well said my dear husband.
After a while he added, “Kung ma-approve man yun, at least may green card ka pa rin.” I guess he’s right. Who knows, I just might find it useful later on.