JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday defended the administrative skills of newly-appointed Philippine Health Insurance Corporation head Dante Gierran.
“All i know is that Atty. Gierran’s co-workers and subordinates at the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) spoke highly of his administrative skills. PhilHealth is an insurance provider more than a health care institution. So Atty. Gierran’s lack of health expertise does not make him less qualified for the top executive position in the corporation, ” Guevarra said in a message to reporters.
Last Tuesday, Guevarra welcomed the appointment of Gierran, a former NBI director, to the controversial state-run agency.
“Former NBI director Gierran’s legal and accounting background, his well-known investigative skills, administrative abilities, and fiscal prudence make him fit for the PhilHealth top position, and equip him well to pursue the cleansing process and reformation at philhealth to their logical conclusion, ” Gierran said.
On Monday, President Duterte appointed Gierran as new head of the graft-ridden agency, replacing Ricardo Morales who resigned last week due to “poor health.”
Gierran was appointed NBI head in 2016 and retired last February. He was replaced by Eric Distor as Officer-In-Charge.
Morales, a former military general, was diagnosed with cancer in February of this year and is undergoing chemotherapy.
A medical certificate submitted to the Senate showed that Morales was “advised to undergo 6 cycles of treatment during which he will be immunocompromised and vulnerable to opportunistic infections.”