Following the directives of President Rodrigo Duterte, the premium payment of PhilHealth premium will no longer be required to all Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).
According to the directives of President Duterte, OFW will only be allowed to pay voluntarily, as confirmed by Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque during a televised briefing.
This means that premium PhilHealth payment will no longer be required for OFWs who want to secure an overseas employment certificate, a basic requirement before they can exit the country and work abroad.
Even provisions in the implementing rules and regulations on the mandatory increase in the premium payments of OFWs were also suspended by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
“Sang ayon po, habang meron tayong krisis, ang naging desisyon ng Presidente, huwag na muna tayong mag pataw ng karagdagang pahirap sa ating mga OFWs, lalong lalo na sa panahon na napakadami sa kanila ang nare-repatriate at nawalan na rin ng trabaho,” says Roque. “Whether or not tataas po ‘yan, well, realidad po na ang isang insurance system ay kinakailangan naka-base sa actuarial science.”
Recently, PhilHealth issued a circular announcing the increase of Premium payment for OFWs with income range from P10,000 to P60,000 up to 3% of their monthly salary starting this 2020.
They added that the increase is stated in the Universal Health Care Law (Republic Act 11223) which was signed by President Duterte last year.
Meanwhile, to air their dismay over the said increase, OFWs from all over the world signed an online petition to stop the said amendment with PhilHealth premium rate and its mandatory payment for OFWs.