Bong Go asks PhilHealth to delay OFWs’ premium payment due to Covid-19 situation

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One of the appeals of the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health Bong Go is to delay the payment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to the mandatory premium insurance.

It was earlier reported that a new policy in PhilHealth membership has been approved wherein all OFWs are mandated to pay 3% of their salaries on the health insurance.

“Mapag-aralan dapat ng PhilHealth kung maaring i-delay muna ang pagbabayad sa premium contributions o kung maari ay i-delay ang pagtaas sa bayaring ito. Suriin dapat ang lahat ng pwedeng magawa upang hindi ito maging pabigat lalo na sa kasalukuyang sitwasyon ang karamihan ng ating mga OFWs,” Gos said in a statement published on Mocha Uson Facebook page.

He said that majority of OFWs depend on the Philippine government’s cash $200 cash assistance.

“Hindi naman po tama na sa panahong umaasa sila sa dagdag na tulong mula sa gobyerno, kaya pa natin sila sisingilin ng dagdag na kontribusyon,” he added.

He also appealed on PhilHealth to ammend their circulars wherein the distressed OFWs are still included in the contribution.

“Kung pu-pwede ay huwag na isama yung repatriated OFWs at yung mga lubos na apektado ng krisis sa sisingilin pa ng gobyerno sa panahong sila ang nangangailangan ng tulong mula sa atin,” Go said.

He appealed on the health agency to improve their information dissemination so that Filipinos will understand where their contributions are going.

“Layunin nating mas lalong mapagbuti ang lahat ng mga programa at serbisyong medikal. Pero sa panahon ng krisis, ang kapakanan ng lahat ng mga Filipino, lalo na yung mga lubos na nangangailangan ng tulong, ang aking pangunahing prayoridad.

“Kailangan nating mas lalong magtulungan at magbayanihan para sa mapagaan ang pinapasan ng kapwa nating Filipino at malampasan ang krisis na ito bilang isang nagkakaisang bansa,” Go said.

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