The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) promised to settle its Php 931 million debt with Philippine Red Cross.
“Obligasyon natin iyan sa ating partner na Red Cross, “said Rey Baleña, senior manager of PhilHealth – Corporate Communication Department, on Wednesday, October 21, during DZRH’s Coffee Break.
Baleña assured that PhilHealth has enough funds to pay its outstanding balance to PRC for the 2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) testing services provided by the organization.
He explained that the state health insurance firm will release the payment after PhilHealth president and chief executive Dante Gierran finishes reviewing the memorandum of agreement with PRC.
“Humihingi tayo ng pang-unawa pa sa publiko, at maging sa Red Cross sapagkat meron lamang gustong klaruhin si Atty. Gierran patungkol sa nasabing memorandum of agreement,” Baleña said.
“May ilan sa mga gustong klaruhin si Atty. Gierran. Isa diyan ay kung meron ba kaming hindi nasunod sa mga procurement policies. Kaya iyon yung hinihingan namin ng opinyon sa mga kinauukulan,” he addded.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque previously said that the national government will pay 50 percent of the debt incurred by PhilHealth within the week or next week.
Baleña, however, said that PhilHealth will pay the debt in whole.
“So far as PhilHealth is concerned, ang aming pagbabayad ay kung ano yung dapat namin bayaran. Kung iyan ay Php 930 million, iyan ay Php 930 million,” Baleña said.
PhilHealth stopped conducting COVID-19 tests on arriving overseas Filipino workers, and other individuals due to the outstanding debt of PhilHealth.