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Go to PhilHealth: Settle bill with Red Cross in accordance with the law

Bong Go
Go to PhilHealth: Settle bill with Red Cross in accordance with the law

SENATOR Bong Go urged PhilHealth to settle its obligations with the Philippine Red Cross, which he reminded is also an issue on the proper handling and use of public funds.

“Paalala ko lang po: Hindi dapat maapektuhan ang testing capacity natin. Hindi natin gusto na madagdagan pa ang pinapasan ng mga kababayan nating kailangang gumastos para sa COVID-19 testing, katulad ng mga OFWs, returning individuals, medical frontliners at iba pa. Dapat makipagtulungan po ang PhilHealth sa Red Cross, at mabayaran na po ang dapat na mabayaran alinsunod sa kung ano ang naaayon sa batas,” he said.

“Buhay at kabuhayan ng mga kababayan natin ang nakasalalay dito. Let us address the backlogs. Huwag natin iantala ang pagproseso ng mga tests dahil lalong lalaki gastos natin. Alalahanin po natin, mahirap ma-quarantine sa mga hotel sa mahabang panahon dahil maaaring magdulot po ito ng depresyon sa ating mga OFWs kung puro semento ng kwarto ang kaharap nila habang nasa quarantine,” he lamented.

“Hindi po biro ang ikulong, marami po akong nakakausap na OFWs natin na nananawagan na gusto na pong makauwi—makauwi sa kanilang mga bahay, o makauwi sa kanilang mga probinsya,” he added.

Go, as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, offered to serve as a bridge between the concerned parties and help resolve the issue. He revealed that a recent meeting was conducted with Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Senator and Red Cross Chair Richard Gordon and Gierran.

“Nakausap ko po kagabi si Executive Secretary Medialdea, along with Senator Gordon, Atty. Gierran. At kanina rin po nagkaroon ng meeting with PhilHealth. Napagkasunduan na po na babayaran na ang Red Cross. May proseso lang na dapat sundin and this will be subject to government accounting and auditing rules. Services rendered na po ito, kaya talagang dapat lang na mabayaran sila,” he narrated.

“Malaking tulong po ang Red Cross sa atin, lalo na with their 24/7 operations. Mahirap kung naiipit ang Red Cross dahil hindi nababayaran ng gobyerno. Importante na hindi maantala ang serbisyo sa taumbayan, lalo na sa panahon ng pandemya, every minute counts… Buhay po ng bawat tao ang nakataya din dito,” added the Senator.

Go urged concerned public officials to always protect the interest of the people and government. “Iyan ang palaging bilin sa akin ni Pangulong Duterte,” he emphasized. 30