P1-B, inilaan ng pamahalaan sa pagpapatayo ng modernong research facility sa Maynila

admin   •   February 22, 2013   •   5070

Sa likod ng UP Manila Campus itatayo ang isang modernong research facility na nagkakahalaga ng P1 billion. (UNTV News)

Sa likod ng UP Manila Campus itatayo ang isang modernong research facility na nagkakahalaga ng P1 billion. (UNTV News)

MANILA, Philippines — Nagpasalamat ang National Institute of Health ng UP Manila matapos bigyan ng isang bilyong pisong pondo ng pamahalaan na gagamitin sa pagpapatayo ng modernong research facility bago matapos ang 2013.

Ang 10-storey building na itatayo sa likod ng UP campus sa Maynila ay isang state of the art laboratories at research offices.

“Hindi lang po siya opisina, meeting facilities, big and small, diff. kinds of laboratories, some of them will be discovering new diagnostic tests for the Philippines,” pahayag ni Vice Chancellor for Research Vicente Belizario.

Sinabi ni Health Sec. Enrique Ona na sa pamamagitan nito ay mas maisusulong ang mga isinasagawang pagsasaliksik ng National Institute of Health.

“Unfortunately, sa ating bansa, we also have major needs kaya minsan natatabunan yung aspeto ng research. I hope in the future we will correct part of these.”

Samantala, kinilala rin ng Department of Health ang NIH-UP Manila bilang pangunahing katuwang sa pagsusulong ng Universal Health Care Program ng pamahalaan.

Ayon sa DOH, maituturing na pundasyon ang mga isinasagawang pagsasaliksik sa pagpapaunlad ng isang bansa lalo na sa larangan ng pangkalusugan.

Ipinagmalaki naman ni Chancellor Manuel Agulto ng UP Manila ang kakayahan ng kanilang institusyon lalo na sa larangan ng pagsasaliksik.

Bilang national university for the health sciences, ang UP Manila ay may sapat  na kakayanan upang maging epektibo at pangunahing katulong ng DOH sa paghanap ng solusyon sa ating problemang pangkalusugan.” (Jerico Albano & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Lacson sees conflict of interest on presence of Sec Duque in Philhealth Board

Maris Federez   •   June 19, 2019

Senator Panfilo Lacson (L) and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III (R)

Senator Panfilo Lacson reveals having possession of several documents that will prove of the seeming conflict of interest with Health Secretary Francisco Duque III sitting in as head of the Philhealth Board.

Lacson made the revelation amid the corruption issues haunting the government health insurance body.

He said, based on the copy of a contract of lease in his possession, the regional office that Philhealth is renting in Dagupan City is owned by Duque’s family.

“If this is not conflict of interest, I don’t know what is. Building mo, naka-contract of lease ka and that is a family corporation,” Lacson said.

He added that he also found out some more modus operandi happening inside Philhealth.

“There’s another modus operandi kung saan yung hospital mismo in cahoots with PhilHealth. Nagbibigay ng report extending confinement of patients na nadischarge na,” he added.

The senator said he is worried of what could possibly happen to the billions of pesos that is allotted as a fund for the Universal Health Care program with Duque at the helm of Philhealth.

Lacson said he will call for an investigation regarding the said issue once the 18th Congress officially opens in July. (with reports from Nel Maribojoc) /mbmf

PhilHealth assures enough funds for universal healthcare

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 27, 2019

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) assured on Tuesday there will be enough funds implement the recently signed Universal Healthcare law.

PhilHealth acting president Roy Ferrer clarified during a press briefing, that PhilHealth only lacks P22 billion to fund the implementation of UHC law and not P170 billion.

“There had been an appropriation of P18 billion, this is additional to the GAA, so there’s only P22 billion lacking, most likely we’ll get this from the sin taxes on tobacco and alcohol,” he said.

They are also confident in providing financial assistance to all its members especially after netting an income of P11.6 billion in 2018.

PhilHealth executive vice president Ruben Basa said the 2018 income is a complete turnaround from their 2017 net income of P237 million.

“We recorded a total of P32.5 billion in premium income, earned solid returns in our investments as evidenced by P5.1 billion windfall from government securities, and our total investment portfolio is at PHP149 billion while our reserve fund is at P97 billion at the close of 2018,” Basa added.

They were also able to reduce turnaround time to 20 days from last year’s 68-day average because of the e-Claims system which expedites the process in verifying the benefit eligibility of members, their status of claims and remove costs for physical transport and supplies in claims submission.

Meanwhile, Ferrer denied the debt claims of several private hospitals against PhilHealth and said that it might be the “bad claims which PhilHealth cannot pay”.

“Noong early part of 2018 we released P2 billion benefits payouts weekly at noong latter part po P3 billion, so I don’t think may utang sa private hospitals,” he added.

(During the early part of 2018, we realeased P2 billion benefits payouts weekly and in the latter part, P3 billion so I don’t think there are debts in private hospitals.) — Aileen Cerrudo

Health groups see rise in number of smokers next year if proposed tax increase on cigarettes fail

admin   •   November 20, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Studies conducted by several health groups reveal the Philippines has the cheapest prices of cigarettes in the world.

If to be compared with other countries, a pack of cigarette in the Philippines cost not more than a dollar and can be bought easily.

“In the Philippines, it’s less than a dollar or a dollar 50 pesos. In other countries, Singapore it’s nine dollars, Australia, it’s 15 dollars but people are still smoking. But we protect the poor and the very young who are the ones who cannot afford higher tobacco taxes,” said Department of Health (DOH) former Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean Ubial.

With this, a number of health groups and doctors have expressed concern over the possible rise in the number of Filipino smokers in the country.

They estimated that 200,000 more Filipinos will add to the current number of smokers by 2018.

And within six years, the health experts said it may further rise to a million if the government fails to approve the proposed imposition of more taxes on tobacco products.

Senator Manny Pacquiao’s Senate Bill 1599 or the act raising the excise tax on tobacco products aims to increase the prices of each pack of cigarettes to 60 pesos, while Senator JV Ejercito seeks an increase of 90 pesos per cigarette pack.

The group Action on Smoking Health (ASH) is in favor of the said proposals.

ASH said higher prices of cigarettes may help Filipinos to stop smoking, especially the youth.

“It should be single tax rate. They should apply a single tax rate for all. When the prices of cigarettes are cheap or expensive, the effect is the same. You will get ill or die because of cigarettes,” said Ash Executive Director Dr. Maricar Limpin.

A group of doctors and the former secretary of the Department of Health is also in favor of increasing the tax rates for tobacco products especially since it will help improve the revenue collection of the government.

The health experts said that the government might allocate the additional amount it can collect from the tobacco excise tax to the universal health care program for Filipinos.

“In 2012, they stopped 3 million people from beginning smoking just by signing a bill. They prevented 30, 000 deaths in that span. something the entire medical profession cannot do and so the power of this bill is really very important and we need to realize that enable to push for it hard. The higher the tax, the more lives we save,” said Sin Tax Coalition convenor Dr. Antonio Dans.

The proposed laws seeking to increase the tax rates on tobacco products filed by senators Manny Pacquiao and JV Ejercito are still pending in the Senate.

The senators are hoping that the said proposals will advance in Congress at the soonest possible time. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

 

 

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