DOJ to issue legal opinion on PhilHealth-Red Cross deal this week – Guevarra
Robie de Guzman • October 22, 2020 • 447
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) assured it will render this week a legal opinion on the memorandum of agreement (MOA) signed between the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and state insurer Philippine Health Insurance Corp. for the conduct of COVID-19 tests.
“The DOJ is reviewing the MOA between the Philippine Red Cross and PhilHealth and will render an opinion within the week,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said in a message to reporters.
“We’re giving this our preferential attention,” he added.
Guevarra said the review is in response to the request of PhilHealth President and CEO Dante Gierran.
PhilHealth and PRC entered into a deal in May this year for the conduct of COVID-19 tests which will be charged to the state insurer.
The Red Cross, however, suspended the testing last week due to PhilHealth’s mounting debts.
President Rodrigo Duterte himself, in a televised speech Monday, assured to pay off the P930 million debt of PhilHealth to the PRC.
Meanwhile, PhilHealth spokesperson Rey Baleña reiterated that the agency has the funds to pay its obligations to the PRC.
The state insurer, however, wants to thresh out some issues on how to move forward with its partnership with Red Cross to ensure that members’ funds are properly handled and disbursed.
“Nais lamang nito na makatiyak na ang lahat ay nasa ayos bilang bahagi ng pangangalaga sa pondo ng mga miyembro,” Baleña said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)
MANILA, Philippines — The government’s task force for COVID-19 response has “provisionally” approved the request of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to conduct licensure examinations this year, Malacañang said Friday.
Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said PRC’s request to facilitate licensure examinations from July to September was approved during an IATF meeting on Thursday.
Roque, however, noted that the conduct of PRC licensure examinations is subject to conditions.
These include “PRC’s health and safety protocols and the observance of minimum public health standards, the issuance of the PRC-DOH-PNP guidelines, and the community quarantine classification of the concerned areas.”
According to the PRC website, licensure examinations set to be held in July to September this year include those for nurses, physicians, veterinarians, social workers, landscape architects, professional teachers, among others.
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) issued a clarification regarding reports by news outlets saying the humanitarian organization would be selling COVID-19 vaccines developed by American pharmaceutical firm Moderna to the public.
The news reports quoted PRC Chairman Senator Richard Gordon to have said that those who cannot wait for the free jabs from the government may pay the organization P3,500 for two doses of Moderna vaccine.
“To set the record straight, PRC Chairman Richard Gordon never announced that the Red Cross is selling vaccines. He stressed the need to act fast and vaccinate as many people as we can,” explained PRC governor Ma.Carissa Coscolluela.
Coscolluela noted what Gordon meant was, the PRC has procured Moderna COVID 19 vaccines and intends to vaccinate Red Cross members and donors, who are also PRC members and are willing to bear the cost of the vaccines.
The overall cost, Coscolluela said, would be US$26.83 (P1,284) per dose plus an administration fee that covers cost for syringes, gloves, PPEs, meals and allowances of PRC doctors and nurses, and other essential expenses related to the vaccination.
“The PRC is a humanitarian organization and is not in the business of selling any vaccines. It does not charge for anything that it got free,” Coscolluela stressed.
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