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PhilHealth Signs Inter-Agency Agreement for the Protection of Persons of Concern in PHL April 19, 2018

On the other hand, the UNHCR which was created to protect and assist refugees and forcibly displaced people worldwide, is tasked to “assist and support the DOJ and the different agencies of government that will give assistance to the POCs. One aspect of that is medical and health services assistance, so the Department of Health and PhilHealth are on board in this project,” Gallardo said. She added that “if a foreigner is allowed to enroll in PhilHealth, then POCs shall also be given access to health services and are entitled to basic services.”

The State, through an Inter-Agency Steering Committee, shall ensure the provision of services to, and ensure that the POCs are properly protected and assisted in the Philippines through the institutionalization of policies that will improve their access to rights and services and create a more favorable protection environment for them.

The Inter-Agency Steering Committee for the Protection of Persons of Concern consists of the Bureau of Immigration (BI), Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Departments of Education (DepEd), Foreign Affairs (DFA), Health (DOH), Interior and Local Government (DILG), Justice, Labor and Employment (DOLE), Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and Trade and Industry (DTI). Also on board are the Judiciary, Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and PhilHealth.

The steering committee shall issue the corresponding implementing rules and regulations (IRR) to operationalize the agreement. (END) (Amelita L. Buted)

(Reference: Dr. Israel Francis A. Pargas, Head Executive Assistant and Concurrent OIC-Vice President for Corporate Affairs Group, Cel No. 0917-8089399)

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