PHILHEALTH Premium contribution for OFWs draws lots of attention negative reactions from OFWs across the world especially when it was declared that OFW can’t get Overseas Employment Certificate OEC if they failed to pay the mandated contribution.
It is also said, that the 3% mandated monthly salary deduction for OFWs as a contribution to PHILHEALTH Premium will have a corresponding interest should the OFW will not be able to pay it on time.
This new regulation from PHILHEALTH caused anger to all OFWs. The majority of them are not happy with it. Even Ka Bong, a known advocate for distress OFWs, joined in the filed petition for PHILHEALTH to revise their new regulation in favor of OFWs.
And this appeal had not skipped the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte. Amidst the fight of the Philippine country against covid19, President Duterte had not become deaf in the call of many OFWs in regards to the PHILHEALTH premium contribution.
President Duterte immediately ordered the Philhealth to make the payment of premiums of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to be voluntary.
“Una sa lahat, ipinapaalam po namin sa inyo na nagissue ng direktiba ang Presidente sa PhilHealth para gawing boluntaryo po ang pagbabayad ng mga OFWs ng PhilHealth premiums,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in an online press briefing.
Other than that Roque said that OEC will not be used as a tool for OFWs to pay PhilHealth premium as announced by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).
“Inanunsyo na rin po ng POEA at OWWA na hindi na po ire-require ang pagbayad ng PhilHealth premiums ng mga OFW para sila po ay ma-issue-han ng mga kinakailangang papeles, yung tinatawag na OEC, para makalabas ng bansa,” he said.
There are nearly 300,000 OFWs who signed the petition protesting Philhealth’s premium hike.