Thursday, October 29, 2020

PRRD To Gierran: Clean Up PhilHealth By December

PRRD To Gierran: Clean Up PhilHealth By December

Spotlight

Phoenix Introduces New FamilyMart Retail Format Through Cebu Stores

FamilyMart opens three new compact stores in Cebu, offering a unique customer experience in response to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

SM Wins 15 Awards From HK’s CG Asia Magazine

SM Investments Corporation continues to be recognized abroad as it recently bagged 15 awards in the 10th Asian Excellence Awards 2020 of Hong Kong magazine Corporate Governance Asia.

GSIS Offers Computer Loan For Members

GSIS, ilulunsad ang Computer Loan Program upang matulungan ang mga miyembro nito at kanilang pamilya sa pagbili ng computer o laptop na gagamitin para sa kanilang mga trabaho o virtual classes ng kanilang mga anak.

Celebrate The Holidays With MMFF 2020, Globe, And Upstream

Globe and its partners also encourages moviegoers to fight online privacy.

President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an ultimatum to new Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) chief Dante Gierran to cleanse the corruption-ridden firm by December 2020, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Thursday.

“It is an ultimatum. You need to clean up PhilHealth by the end of the year,” he said when asked to interpret what to make of President Duterte’s consideration to dismantle or privatize the state corporation.

Roque said Gierran was given instruction to “file all the cases that need to be filed” and “suspend and terminate” all erring PhilHealth officials within the deadline.

The chief executive reportedly broached the idea to abolish or privatize the beleaguered state firm during a meeting with leaders of Congress in Malacañang on Wednesday

Roque confirmed that the President considered the options, however, noted that the decision would still depend on Congress.

“Because PhilHealth was created pursuant to law, amended by the Universal Healthcare Law and it depends on the wisdom of Congress, if they feel that the legislative basis for the existence of PhilHealth should be amended, so be it, the President will respect that,” he said.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, on the other hand, is for the reorganization of PhilHealth upon a recommendation by the Governance Commission for Government-owned and –controlled Corporations (GCG).

“Of course there are proposals na i-abolish lang iyan or palitan na lang iyan ng some new institution or what ano. Pero ako ang tingin ko, baka naman mayroon pang pupuwedeng gawin. That’s why we recommended to the President to direct the GCG para gumawa ng sarili nilang evaluation for a possible reorganization ng PhilHealth (Of course there are proposals to abolish it or change it into some new institution. But for me, I think we can still do something. That’s why we recommended to the President to direct the GCG to evaluate for possible reorganization),” Guevarra said.

‘Sufficient evidence’

Guevarra, who heads the Task Force PhilHealth, also reported that “sufficient evidence” has been secured against all PhilHealth executives implicated in the anomalies hounding the state firm.

“For those na na-identify na namin, I think we have sufficient evidence para ma-consider ito ng Ombudsman for the possible finding of probable cause (For those we have identified, I think we have sufficient evidence for this to be considered by the Ombudsman for the possible finding of probable cause),” he said. “But we will not preempt the Ombudsman. From our point of view, I am saying that we have sufficient evidence.”

The task force has initially recommended the filing of criminal complaints against PhilHealth’s ex-chief Ricardo Morales; executive vice president and chief operating officer Arnel de Jesus; senior VP Jovita Aragona; senior VP Renato Limsiaco Jr.; senior VP Israel Francis Pargas of the Health Financial Policy Sector; officer in charge Calixto Gabuya Jr.; and division chief Bobby Crisostomo.

Guevarra said the DOJ hopes to file the complaints within the next 30 days as they gather the necessary supporting documentary evidence.

“We know where they are but physically, we have to obtain them para mai-attach namin sa (for us to attach to the) complaint. So that takes some time also,” he said.

Gueverra said the culture of tolerance within the firm may have been among the reasons corruption festered within it.

“I hope I’m not doing an unfair statement because I know na marami rin namang mga taong matitino at gumagawa ng kanilang trabaho nang mahusay sa PhilHealth. Pero we have seen it already – the Congress, the Task Force, the many cases already filed before the Ombudsman, before the Civil Service Commission – nakikita na natin kung gaano kalawak at kung gaano na katagal ito (I know that there are many decent and hardworking employees at PhilHealth but we have seen it already– the Congress, the Task Force, the many cases already filed before the Ombudsman, before the Civil Service Commission – we saw how broad and long these concerns have been existing),” he said. (PNA)

Latest News

Ombudsman May Suspend Local Officials Over Delayed Aid

President Rodrigo Duterte warns local government officials anew that the Office of the Ombudsman could order their suspension over delays in the distribution of cash aid for low-income families.

Palace: Red Cross Testing Halt Not Crippling Contact Tracing

Malacañang disagrees with the claim made by researchers that the decision of the Philippine Red Cross to stop conducting tests that are being charged to the PhilHealth will “cripple” the government’s isolation, quarantine, and contact tracing programs.

Roque: DepEd Needs Vehicles To Deliver Modules

Malacañang defends the purchase of over 100 service vehicles worth PHP1.5 million each, saying they will be used to deliver modules to students and teachers under the distance learning setup.

Gatchalian Seeks Better Quality Assurance Of Distance Learning Materials

"Sa pagpapatuloy ng edukasyon sa panahon ng pandemya ng COVID-19, hindi lamang ang paraan ng pagtuturo ang dapat nating tutukan. Kailangang siguruhin din natin na tama ang mga araling itinuturo natin sa ating mga kabataan. Sa pagsuri natin sa bawat aralin, ang kaalaman ng mahigit 22 milyong mag-aaral ang nakasalalay."

TCS Launches goIT Education Program In The PH

Tata Consultancy Services' program provides vital technology training for students to improve their communities and secure the nation's digital future.

Morissette, Jason, And Kikx To Drop Midnite Remix Of ‘Diyan Ba Sa Langit’

Morisette and Jason Dy drop a song for the departed loved ones, in time for the All Souls' Day.

WHO: World Had Highest Tally Of COVID-19 Cases Last Week

Last week saw the highest number of COVID-19 cases reported so far, and 46 percent of all the global cases were from the European region accounting for nearly one-third of all deaths, the two top World Health Organization officials said.

New Study Finds Businesses’ Shift To Digital During COVID-19 Could Be Permanent

It seems that the digital era is here to stay, especially for businesses. What can you say about this?

Tarlac City Elderlies Get Free Flu Vaccine

More than 1,500 senior citizens in Tarlac city were administered with flu vaccine on Tuesday to boost their fight against COVID-19.

Bacolod City Requires Travelers To Register For Contact Tracing

Individuals staying in Bacolod city who are seeking authority to travel are now required to register in the Bacolod Contact Tracing System.