The vision of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) to provide health insurance coverage for every Filipino, regardless of their status, whenever or wherever they need it, is not impossible to achieve because of reliable, active partners and stakeholders that include its Accredited Colleting Agent (ACAs).
To strengthen such relationship with its collecting partners, it recently conducted its Annual Collecting Agents forum with the theme “Stronger Partnership in the Midst of Challenges” held at the Legend Villas in Mandaluyong City. The purpose of this gathering is to update the partners on the latest policies and programs of the Corporation. It was attended by more than 60 representatives from 39 accredited collecting partners whose head offices are situated in Metro Manila.
During the activity, Atty. Ma. Emily P. Roque, PhilHealth OIC-Senior Manager of Treasury Department reassured them that the Corporation has sufficient and sustainable fund to cover their 97 million members and qualified dependents. “PhilHealth encountered many challenges and we cannot face it alone, but with strong partnership with our collecting partners we can continuously deliver health insurance services to our fellowmen,” Roque said in her speech. She added that “masasabi namin sa aming mga miyembro na huwag kayong mag-alala, sagot kayo ng PhilHealth”.
The Annual ACAs Forum was designed to provide updates on the operational issues, challenges and concerns in the area of premium collection. The attendees can also ask question or clarify issues during the forum. It also provides a venue where the participants can recommend on how to improve the remittance of collections.
PhilHealth OIC- Senior Vice-President of Fund Management Sector Renato L. Limsiaco, Jr. also thanked the collecting partners for the solid support they have given PhilHealth. “We can’t stand without you, we are a team and together we can achieve the coverage for all Filipinos,” Limsiaco said during his address.
Another highlight of the activity was the recognition of the following ACAs who have been PhilHealth’s institutional partners for decades: the Philippine National Bank and Philippine Veterans Bank for 20 years, followed by BDO Unibank, Inc., Development Bank of the Philippines, Land Bank of the Philippines, Metrobank, Union Bank and United Coconut Planters Bank for 19 years. The following banks have also been partners for 18 years: Bank of Commerce, China Bank Corp., Citystate Savings Bank, Maybank Philippines, Overseas Filipino Bank, Philippine Business Bank, Rizal Commercial Banking Corp., and RCBC Savings Bank; while Bank One Savings Corp. and Century Savings Bank for 17 years; Asia United Bank and Robinsons Bank for 16 years; and Philippine Postal Corporation for 15 years. (END) (Dianna Marie S. Chua)