UNTV News and Rescue Team, rumesponde sa sugatang mag-ina na nabangga sa QC

admin   •   July 31, 2014   •   2865

Agad na rumesponde and UNTV News and Rescue Team at iba pang rescue units sa naganap na banggaan ng isang UV Express at jeep sa Commonwealth Avenue, QC kaninang madaling araw, Huwebes (UNTV News)

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Mabilis na nirespondehan ng UNTV News and Rescue Team at iba pang rescue units ang naganap na banggaan ng isang UV Express at pampasaherong jeep sa east bound lane ng Commonwealth Avenue, Brgy. Batasan, Quezon City kaninang madaling araw, Huwebes.

Bumangga ang UV Express sa pampasaherong jeep habang nagsasakay ito ng mga pasahero. Dahil sa malakas na ulan, naipit ang mag-ina na kinilalang sina Karen at Francine Dela Cruz, 10 taong gulang.

“Nagaabang sila parating naman yung FX, mabilis kaya pagsakay nila sumalpok,” pahayag ni Leonardo Bia na nakasaksi sa pangyayari.

Ang madulas na kalsada ang tinuturong dahilan ng aksidente.

“Hindi talaga ito nakapagprepare magpreno dahil mayroong sumasakay nakatigil yun e kasi nga sasakay nga eh pero ito (FX) yung biglang sumalpok,” saad naman ni Cesar Tiberio, saksi.

Posibleng bali sa kanang binti ang tinamo ng mag-ina dahil sa pagkakaipit.

Nagtulung-tulong naman ang UNTV News and Rescue Team, Philippine Red Cross at Department of Public Order and Safety ng Quezon City upang madala sa East Avenue Medical Center ang mga biktima. (Jerico Albano / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Red Cross resumes COVID-19 testing after PhilHealth settles P500-M partial payment

Marje Pelayo   •   October 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) resumed its coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing services Tuesday evening (October 27) after the embattled Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) settled a partial payment of P500-million for its P1.1-billion debt.

In an online press briefing, PRC Chairman Senator Richard Gordon said he already requested all PRC laboratories, including the one at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), to resume the provision of swab testing services to PhilHealth.

Gordon’s announcement was made hours after the state insurer paid half of its arrears.

“So we are ready to test all the people that we have not tested. Iyong mga nasa hotel ngayon, padala nila, tetestingin namin agad iyan (Those staying in hotels, send them to us and we will test them),” Gordon said.

“We are going to have the testing again tonight at the Manila international airport muna, then tomorrow (Wednesday) regular testing will be conducted in full,” he added.

The Senator stressed, however, that though they did not set any deadline for PhilHealth to settle the remaining balance, they will no longer allow any repeat of the financial issues with the agency.

Thus, he said, they will immediately bill the government for future tests.

In a statement, PhiHealth President and CEO Atty. Dante Gierran assured they will expedite the processing of the remaining balance subject to strict compliance with government accounting rules and regulations.

“PhilHealth takes exception to the insinuation that it is reckless and is playing on people’s lives,” he said.

“Its prudence in taking charge of its members’ hard-earned contributions is central to the state health insurer. Its exercise of judiciousness is to protect the people and their funds,” he added.

PhilHealth maintained that it recognizes and assures the accredited laboratories conducting the current OFW RT-PCR tests that it will fast track the processing of its payments upon submission of complete documentary requirements.

PhilHealth pays half of its P1.1 billion debt to PRC

Robie de Guzman   •   October 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) on Tuesday said it has already paid half of its P1 billion debt to the Philippine Red Cross for the cost of COVID-19 tests it conducted.

In a statement, PhilHealth said it has released on Tuesday P500 million as partial payment to the Red Cross.

It also assured to expedite the processing of the remaining balance following strict compliance to government accounting rules and regulations.

The agency’s announcement came after PRC chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Senator Richard Gordon lashed out at PhilHealth over its failure to release any payment despite its previous commitment to do so on Monday.

The PRC last week stopped the conduct of the PhilHealth-covered COVID-19 testing due to the agency’s outstanding balances.

Gordon earlier said the state insurer’s delayed payment has put on hold the PRC’s supposed flight to China for the procurement of COVID-19 test kits and other equipment.

The senator also called PhilHealth “very reckless,” and “very irresponsible” for failing to settle its debts and for giving excuses on such a serious and critical matter.

But PhilHealth president and CEO Dante Gierran said the agency is only exercising its mandate to protect their members and their funds.

“PhilHealth takes exception to the insinuation that it is reckless and is playing on people’s lives. Its prudence in taking charge of its members’ hard-earned contributions is central to the state health insurer,” Gierran said in a statement.

“Its exercise of judiciousness is to protect the people and their funds,” he added.

Gierran also assured accredited laboratories conducting the current RT-PCR tests for overseas Filipino workers that the state insurer will expedite the processing of its payments “upon submission of complete documentary requirements.”

PhilHealth vows to pay Philippine Red Cross in full on October 26

Marje Pelayo   •   October 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) will heed the legal opinion of the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding its memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC). 

After confirming that the agreement is not subject to Procurement Law, the state insurer decided to pay the PRC in full on Monday (October 26).

But the agency insisted that it will only pay the PRC based on the complete billing requirements that it will provide and in accordance with regulation imposed by the Commission on Audit (COA) over the amount due.

The state insurer owes PRC P930 million, hence why the latter suspended its swab testing services for coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

PhilHealth said it has enough funds to pay its obligation to the PRC and stressed that once it settles the full amount, PRC has to immediately resume its swab testing service.

READ: Duterte promises to settle PhilHealth’s multi-million debt to Philippine Red Cross

PRC chairman Senator Richard Gordon on the other hand maintained that PRC will not resume its service until the state insurer pays in full for fear that PRC’s cash reserve would be depleted and bankrupt the humanitarian organization if PhilHealth fails to pay immediately. MNP (with reports from Mon Jocson)

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