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OFWs buck hike in Philhealth rate


Migrant rights groups are up in arms over a plan to nearly triple the Philhealth premium payments of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) starting 2012.

Unless the Philhealth board withdraws the circular it has issued, on January 2 all overseas workers will be paying P300 more for their Philhealth premiums, according to a joint statement from the groups, which said the planned increase was decided with only a few OFW groups being consulted.

“These new rates are being imposed without consultations, without clear explanations, and without consideration given the heavy financial burdens already being experienced by our migrant workers given the series of calamities and continued slowdown in the world economy,” they said.

The groups and their representatives include former labor undersecretary Susan Ople of the Blas F. Ople Center, Luther Calderon, president of the Kabalikat ng Migranteng Pilipino, Apostol Gratela, chair of the Kalahi-Advocate for Overseas Filipinos and Jun Aguilar of the Filipino Migrant Workers’ Group.

Those unable to pay within the first six months of 2012 will have to pay P2,400 pesos as annual premium from July onward, “a huge amount compared to the current P900 pesos being shelled out by every OFW,” the groups said.

According to the migrant rights groups, Philhealth had early Tuesday called a consultative meeting with a handful of nonprofit organizations representing overseas Filipino workers.

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  • Anonymous

    what a new milking cow again…. these people are crazy indeed, what could OFW benefit from Philhealth if they will not get sick in return…. whoaaaaaa… take a bracket of 800thousand OF, by simply multiplying p2400 x 800,000 ofw… thats a clear robbed up of P1.92B to the OFW… and not all OFW got sick in a year, they are provided by their employer a medical insurance abroad..

    What if the dependent get sick, the govt dont care coz there is a limit… whoaaaa… Come on OFW guys think to boycott the dollar remittance..

  • Anonymous

    Bagong bayani – Bagong kikilan

  • Anonymous

    bwisit talaga tong mga opisyales na ito wala na maiisip kikilan kundi mga ofw. kunin na sana kayo ni lord mga hayop kayo.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/hbRkpPw1oYTBJamz.EH7acMZBBVoIlWXriA-#e4348 Felix

    Talagang mahirap makaahon ang tao kahit nagsusumikap dahil may mga buwaya na pag nakaamoy ng karne ay pilit na sasakmalin ito.


    taas na naman ito lang kasi ang best way na pag kakakitaan ng mga buwaya… akala nila kadali kumita dito sa abroad…. sila kaya ang magtrabaho dito…. Hindi mayaman ang OFW no…

  • http://twitter.com/iamDirtDiver AJS

    Mga walang hiya talaga itong taga-PhiliHealth. Ginagatasan lang mga OFW. Di lang kasi nila alam ang actual na paghihirap ng halos lahat ng mga OFW. Buti sana kng maayos naman ang system o serbisyo nila. Balita ko ang babastos pa ng mga empliyado. 

    Sa tingin ko maaraming mga OFW na handang tumulong at suportahan ang mga programa ng ating gobiyerno na walang alinlangan kng nakikita nila ng maayos at maliwanag ang tunay na serbisyo at sinsiridad ng mga taga gobiyerno. 

    Mga buwisit!!

  • Anonymous

    Hello mga kapatid na OFW…I know masakit isipin na tayo lagi ang naging panakip butas para sa nakawan at kahit until now di pa marecover ang 300M na pera natin na kinulimbat ni Pandak Gloria…pero don’t worry God is good at may kasabihan tayo na kung ano tinanim mo yong ang aanihin mo and I know God is faithful to his promise.

    In the positive side nawa kung matuloy man ito, talagang mapunta sa bawat member ng OFW family. I know maraming OFW na di alam dapat gamitin ang benefits ng Philhealth pero pwde po natin mapakinabangan to the max ito. Pag nag fil up kayon ng form ilagay nyo memeber ng immediate family nyo pati parents tapos any sakit na medyo mabigat maski lagnat lalo na sa mga bata e damit agad then along the punta kayo sa philhealth office ask kayo kung paano mag process tulungan po kayo…I did it many time for my kids and parents they helps me mga 30% ng hospital bills ko. Di me payag sa increase but kung sakaling matuloy alam nyo na paano makabawi at kung di man may mga iba tayong kapatid na OFW na may need maka help then ito.
    God Bless po sa atin lahat.

  • Anonymous

    Ano ba naman yan ? sino-sino non -profit organization yan na nag rerepresent ng OFW ang pumayag sa increase ng singil sa Premium ng Philhealth ?Kung yung mga OFW hindi alam yan aba’y masaya sila .Sa dami ba naman ng Philhealth card na pinagbibigay ni Gloria sa mga mahihirap kuno ni singko duling ay hindi man lang nag-contribute saan kukunin yung ginagastos ng Gobyerno sa Kanila ? siyempre sa palabigasang tatak OFW !
    Mabuti sana kung maganda ang serbisyong naibibigay sa mga OFW at sa pamilya nito ok lang , pero ang masaklap parang utang pa ng loob ng OFW  pag nagpunta sya sa Philhealth at humingi ng Form,pag irereimburse mo naman katakot takot napa- pirmahan ang gagawin mo , akyat dito pirma,akyat doon pirma.
    Sus Ginoo, unsa man na Dong !

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