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PhilHealth Conducts OFW Forum December 16, 2013

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) recently conducted an Orientation Forum for Overseas Filipino Program partners and stakeholders in view of the passage of the Republic Act No. 10606, otherwise known as the National Health Insurance Act of 2013.

The Forum was led by President and CEO Alexander A. Padilla, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon F. Aristoza, Jr. and Vice President for Member Management Group Gregorio C. Rulloda. Also present were Dr. Elizabeth S. Fernandez, Branch Manager of NCR-North, Narisa Portia J. Sugay, Head of Formal Sector and the organizing team from the Overseas Filipino Program office headed by Senior Manager Chona S. Yap.

It was attended by PhilHealth partners from various OFW Non-Government Organizations, Accredited Collecting Agents (ACAs) abroad, recruitment agencies, and representatives from agencies conducting pre-deployment orientation seminar or PDOS.

In his welcome remarks, EVP and COO Ariztosa said that "To achieve the Universal Health Care as mentioned by His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III in his State of the Nation Address (SONA) is a very difficult and gargantuan task. Admittedly, PhilHealth alone will not be able to achieve it without the support of its stakeholders. As our partners, we hope that this forum will be an opportunity to strengthen our partnership and come up with a doable policy to address the concerns of our migrant workers".

For his inspirational message, PCEO Padilla said, "With the issuance of the new PhilHealth law and our intensified partnership, we can make great things possible in terms of giving each Filipino their health insurance, quality and standard health service and accessibility of the same specifically to our fellowmen abroad. We shall be focusing on the migrant workers -documented or not and possibly come up with health reforms for their greater good and well-being".

The PhilHealth Chief added that, “As PhilHealth continues to enhance our benefit packages to cover primary and preventive care and implement other health reforms to make the program accessible and affordable to suit their needs, we will make sure that these benefits due them shall be afforded to them wherever they maybe and regardless of their status. And to make the program work, we will implore your aid as our partners, in bringing accurate and up-to-date information to all OFWs abroad”. (END) (Kristine Besmonte, Photos by Jose Mari Sanvicente)

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