How to Apply for Makati Medical Center's Green Card?

Did you know that Makati Medical Center (MMC) has a social services program that allows non-Makati residents to opt for free medical consultation and discounted medical procedures? Yep, they call it MMC's Health Service Program, more popularly known as "green card."

So how do you exactly apply for this coveted green card? The first thing you need to do is visit the Outpatient Department (OPD) located in Tower 3 of Makati Medical Center. It is at the 2nd floor of the building located behind Tower 1. You'll know you're in the right place when you see Family Mart and Starbucks just beside the main entrance of the building.

Proceed to the Social Services section. Don't be surprised to find that there are people already lined up for their application. The guards in OPD are very accommodating and they make sure that there's no "singitan" going on. Make sure that you're early so you can be first in line. Some people arrive as early as 6AM. You'll notice that in the picture above, it is only 20 minutes before 7AM and there are about 10 people already lined up in front of the Social Service window.

The window opens at about 7:45AM and all the people lined up will be asked one-by-one to sign the registration sheet. The schedules for the issuance of green card requirements are 8AM to 11AM and 1PM to 4PM. In the afternoon, registration starts at 12:45PM. Usually those who register late in the morning are entertained in the afternoon, if time permits. But with so many people trying to apply for the Health Service Program of Makati Medical Center, there are incidents when people go back the next day since they were not able to finish their application previously. So make sure that you're early.

Your initial interview will be very simple. The social worker will ask basic questions about you. From here, they will decide which documents they would require you to submit. The requirements asked from applicants vary and they will basically depend on your answers from the initial interview. The social worker will give you a piece of paper that indicates the documents/materials you need to submit.

Here's the list of requirements:

  • 1x1 photo
  • Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Marriage
  • 2 Valid IDs
  • Cedula
  • Certificate of Employment
  • Latest one month copy of payslip
  • Barangay Certificate of Indigency
  • Barangay Certificate of Residency
  • Certificate of Non-HMO Coverage (for those with HMOs)
  • Php35 for the Green Card payment
  • etc.
Again, the requirements asked from one applicant will not be entirely the same with another. Also, the social worker/s may add additional documents not indicated in the list above. You will be asked to return once you have completed all the documents you need to submit. They also follow a very strict rule: "No complete requirements, no interview." So please make sure that you have everything before coming back for the final interview.

Once you pass everything and you qualify for getting the social services program of MMC, here's what you'll get:

So there you have it! I hope that you take advantage of this awesome Health Service Program by Makati Medical Center. It surely is worth the effort to acquire this green card. Do you have any other questions? Ask away in our comments section below.

Proudly Pinoy: Engr. Aisa Mijeno - Salt Lamp Innovator

Aisa Mijeno
Aisa Mijeno - Salt Lamp Inventor
The recently held Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in the Philippines has become an eye opener for a lot of Filipinos, but one topic stood out: Climate Change. In that Nov. 18, 2015 APEC Summit forum United States President Barack Obama led the discussion regarding the role of SMEs (small and medium enterprises) and private sectors in alleviating climate change. To highlight this topic, a young scientist and engineer shared center stage with Obama and Alibaba founder, Jack Ma.

Engr. Aisa Mijeno, the CEO and co-founder of SALt, likened climate change to cancer both of which undergo four stages. Climate change, like cancer, when left untreated and ignored, will reach Stage 4 where it's already too late to do anything. Together with her awareness of climate change and passion to help the poor people in rural areas with no access to electricity, Aisa came up with the idea to create saline solution-powered lamps.

Her immersion in Kalinga, while campaigning for Greenpeace Philippines, opened her eyes to the reality that there are about 16 million families with no access to electricity. The Butbut tribe Aisa stayed with in Kalinga had to walk six hours every single day to obtain kerosene to fuel their lamps.

Aside from the potential dangers of using kerosene, like fire and toxic fumes, it also adds to the carbon footprint that basically affects climate change. This drove Aisa to search for a way that not only helps those in need for an alternative lighting source but also alleviates climate change.

Together with her brother, Raphael Mijeno, Aisa established the startup company, SALt (or Sustainable Alternative Lighting) dedicated to creating lamps powered by salt and water. An innovation like this by the Mijeno siblings did not go unnoticed. In fact, IdeaSpace Foundation, chaired by Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan, recognized their future environmental and global impact that it acclaimed SALt as one of the ten winners last year for early-stage funding under its incubation and accelerator program.

After this, SALt was recognized both locally and internationally which garnered them several awards as well as media exposure because of their entrepreneurial and social movement. It all started with a Aisa's dream to help out the poor with no access to electricity. Now, she's leading the way to remedy climate change while keeping to her promise of providing light to those literally living in darkness.

IdeaSpace Foundation aims to support local technopreneurs with great ideas that can potentially build the nation. If you have a great idea that may change this world, then your voice needs to be heard. Just check their website for further info.