President Duterte announces that PhilHealth contributions for OFWs are now voluntary

President Duterte announces that PhilHealth contributions for OFWs are now voluntary

- The Palace clarified that President Rodrigo Duterte announced that overseas Filipino workers are not required to pay PhilHealth premium contributions

- Presidential Spokesperson said PhilHealth premium contributions for OFWs will be voluntary

- The decision of President Duterte came after some OFWs expressed dismay over PhilHealth contributions that will be coming from the 3% of their salary

- Health Secretary Francisco Duque also suspended the higher contributions for PhilHealth

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The Palace announced on Monday that President Rodrigo Duterte decided that the PhilHealth contributions for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) should be voluntary.

KAMI learned that the decision came after the issue drew flak from OFWs.

In a report by the Philippine Star, the Palace said that OFWs will no longer be required to pay premium contributions.

“Una sa lahat, ipinapaalam po namin sa inyo na nag-issue ng direktiba ang Presidente sa PhilHealth para gawing boluntaryo po ang pagbabayad ng mga OFWs ng PhilHealth premiums,” Presidential Spokeseron Harry Roque said.

As reported by the Inquirer (authored by Krissy Aguilar), Roque also mentioned that Health Secretary Francisco Duque III suspended an item under the universal health care that aims for higher PhilHealth contribution amid COVID-19 crisis.

“Alinsunod po dito, inanuunsyo na po ni Secretary Duque ng Department of Health na sinususpinde po niya ang Item 10 2 (c) ng implementing rules and regulations ng universal health care na nag papataw na mas mataas na kontributsyon habang tayo po ay may problema sa COVID-19,” Roque stated.

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KAMI previously reported that some OFWs appealed to the proposed measure that they should be paying PhilHealth contributions from the 3% of their salary.

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