After months of speculation, the House Committee on Ways and Means finally approved the bill that seeks to establish an Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) hospital to cater to the needs of OFWs as well as their dependents.
The request of Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan, chair of the House Committee on Health was finally approved by House panel Albay Rep. Joey Salceda with regards to the immediate approval of House Bill 168.
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“With the concurrence of this honorable committee, I move for the approval of this bill, especially the tax provision, ” says Quezon Rep. Tan.
Furthermore, Salceda claims that there were no amendments posted to Section 7 of the said bill.
The panel approved the tax provision of House Bill 168 and Section 7 of the proposed bill which grants, endowments, donations, bequest and also contributions must be used directly, actually and exclusively for the OFW Hospital. It should also be exempted from the donor’s tax.
The bill also gives an important task to the Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to be the chairperson of OWWA Board to secure the health benefits and medical assistance programs for OFWs and their qualified dependents.
In a span of 60 days, the proposed Act will be promulgated by DOH as with the implementing rules and regulations