Deadline sa pagbabayad ng Philhealth contribution para sa self-paying members, pinalawig hanggang June 30

Robie de Guzman   •   June 16, 2020   •   435

MANILA, Philippines – Pinalawig ng Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) ang deadline sa pagbabayad ng kontribusyon para sa self-earning members hanggang Hunyo 30.

Sa isang pahayag ngayong Martes, sinabi ng Philhealth  na ito ay upang mabawasan ang isipin sa bayarin ng mga miyembro nito sa gitna ng novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Sinabi rin ng ahensya na maaari pa rin namang gamitin ang flexible at deferred payment scheme kung nanaisin ng overseas Filipino workers (OFW).

Sa Philhealth Advisory No. 2020-038, sakop din ng extension ang pagbabayad sa kontribusyon para sa professional practitioners at mga saklaw ng group enrolment schemes.

“They may pay their contributions at any of its accredited collecting agents (ACAs) and PhilHealth local health insurance offices (LHIOs) nationwide,” ayon sa ahensya.

Sinabi rin ng state insurer na maaaring magbayad ang mga employer ng premium remittances hanggang June 22 para sa mga buwan ng Pebrero, Marso at Abril.

“Employers in the public and private sectors have also been advised that their premium remittances for the applicable months of February, March and April 2020 can be paid until June 22, 2020 without interest, in line with the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act,” ani ng Philhealth.

Inanunsyo rin ng ahensya na maaaring magbayad ng inisyal ang mga OFW ng kanilang remium gamit ang dating rate na P2,400 at bibigyan sila ng isang taon para kumpletuhin ang natitirang balanse.

Nakapaloob ito sa Philhealth Advisory No. 2020-037 na nagsasaad ng mga panuntunan para sa overseas Filipino workers na apektado ng pagpapatupad ng Universal Health Care Act.

“It said that OFWs “may pay at the previous rate of P2,400 as initial payment” and are “granted One year or 12 months from the date of their initial payment to complete their balance for the year,” ayon sa Philhealth.

Nilinaw rin ng ahensiya na sa ngayon ay boluntaryo ang pagbabayad ng premium para sa mga OFW sa gitna ng pandemya ngunit aplikable pa rin ang mga probisyon ng Universal Health Care law ukol sa premium payment ng mga OFW hangga’t hindi ito inaamiyendahan ng Kongreso. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

OFW groups satisfied with President’s SONA

Maris Federez   •   July 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Several groups of overseas Filipino workers (OFW) have expressed their gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte on his State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Around 300 Filipinos representing several groups of OFWs from different countries met online and simultaneously watched the President’s SONA.

They said the chief executive did not let them down as he urged Congress “to pass a law establishing the Department of Overseas Filipino solely on addressing the concerns of Filipinos abroad and their families.”

Last March, the lower House passed the creation of the Department of Filipino Overseas and Foreign Deployment. The Senate, on the other hand, is still hearing the bill.

In his SONA, the President reiterated his commitment of support to OFWs.

He called on the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other agencies to allocate trainings and programs for OFWs.

With this, the United Filipino Global International thanked the president for his concern over them.

“The SONA speech of the president, I think we are very happy kasi alam naman po namin ang kaniyang intention. Ang kaniyang speech ay para talaga tumulong nang totoo na walang halong pamumulitiko,” said Gemma Sotto, chairperson of United Filipino Global International. — (from the report of Asher Cadapan, Jr.) /mbmf

Senate eyeing to start probe on alleged PhilHealth corruption next week

Robie de Guzman   •   July 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate is looking to start next week its investigation into the alleged anomalies within the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Senator Panfilo Lacson earlier filed Senate Resolution No. 475 urging the upper chamber to convene as a Committee of the Whole to look into the alleged widespread corruption, incompetence, and inefficiency that may lead to the financial collapse of the state-run health insurance agency.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III said the chamber will constitute as a Committee of the Whole because the scope of the probe is “too wide.”

“Hindi lang tungkol sa health, hindi lang tungkol sa PhilHealth, hindi lang tungkol sa violations at investigations of public officials,” Sotto said in an online press conference.


Under Senate rules, all senators are given voting rights on issues during the legislative hearing once the chamber convenes as a Committee of the Whole.

Sotto said around four to five witnesses are expected to appear in the hearing to provide evidence on alleged irregularities in the agency.

The probe comes after PhilHealth officer, Atty. Thorrson Montes Keith resigned from his post due to supposed rampant corruption in the agency. He also cited the “unconstitutional” mandatory payment of Philhealth for overseas workers as among the reasons for his resignation.

Despite the allegations, Philhealth President and Chief Executive Officer General Ricardo Morales still continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of President Rodrigo Duterte according to Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Harlene Delgado)

Duterte wants probe on alleged PhilHealth anomaly

Marje Pelayo   •   July 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte wants an immediate investigation on the reported corruption inside the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque confirmed that the matter has come to the attention of the President, thus he ordered concerned authorities to investigate particularly the P2B-worth of “overpriced” IT purchases.

“Nag-i-imbestiga na po ang kinauukulan, pinakinggan po ang lahat at ang naging conclusion ay isang maigting na imbestigasyon ang gagawin, at least dito sa isyu ng IT purchase (All concerned are already investigating. Everyone involved has been heard and the conclusion was to conduct a thorough investigation, at least on the issue of IT purchases,” Roque said. 

Also, Roque encouraged Thorrsson Montes Keith who resigned from his position as the agency’s anti-fraud legal officer due to alleged irregularities in PhilHealth, to cooperate in the investigation. 

“Ang aking conclusion diyan talaga may sindikato talaga at ito po iyong pinakamatataas na career executives diyan sa PhilHealth (My conclusion to that is that there is a syndicate [in the agency] and they are the high-ranking career executives),” Roque said. 

PhilHealth president, retired General Ricardo Morales, for his part, denies allegations of corruption within the agency.

He even dared Keith to present his evidence to prove his claims. MNP (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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