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Sa SAP disqualified sila pero sa kaltas sa Philhealth hindi?

Journalist Jay Sonza couldn’t disguise his disappointment after listening to the information that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) had been mandated to contribute 3% of their month-to-month wage to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).

Under PhilHealth Circular No. 2020-0014, OFWs with earnings of 10,000 to 20,000 will probably be required to pay Three % of their month-to-month wage.

Sonza addressed President Rodrigo Duterte, asking why OFWs had been mandated to offer the three% of their month-to-month salaries whereas their family within the Philippines had been disqualified from the Social Amelioration Program (SAP) of the federal government.

“Sa SAP disqualified ang pamilyang may abroad, pero kaltas OFW PhilHealth mandatory increase. Ano ba naman iyan Mr. President?” Sonza requested.

“Baequipment ginagawang parang gatasan ng gobyerno (philhealth) ang MIGRANTENG Pilipino (OFW)?” he added.

It was reported that some individuals had been disqualified from receiving monetary support from the federal government as a result of they’ve a detailed relative working overseas.

However, in accordance with the Department of Labor and Employment, OFWs affected by the COVID-19 would obtain 10,000 pesos from the federal government underneath DOLE-AKAP help.

DSWD Secretary Rolando Bautista additionally stated that family of stranded OFWs may be included within the listing of SAP beneficiaries.

“Ang mga pamilya naman ng mga overseas Filipinos in distress o silang naibalik sa bansa o walang kita o hindi napadalhan ng pera mula sa overseas Filipinos dahil sa COVID 19 o silang pinagbawalan bumyahe sa labas ng bansa o stranded mula noon dahil sa paglaganap ng COVID-19 na pumigil sa kakayanan nila na magtrabaho sa labas ng bansa mula Enero 2020 hanggang sa pag-alis ng community quarantine ay maari rin maipasama sa target beneficiaries,” Bautista stated. 

The veteran journalist additionally blamed Senator Risa Hontiveros for what’s occurring.

“Sa SSS contribution, may pension ka. sa Pagibig Fund, may housing na, may savings pa. 9 May Pakinabang. May Balik. Sa PhilHealth deduction, pagtapos ng taon, wala na. Pagsimula ng taon, deduction na naman, pagtapos na ang taon, back to zero na naman. Walang balik. Walang pakinabang. SI SENADOR RISA HONTIVEROS LANG ANG NAKINABANG !!!!” he stated.

According to an internet petition towards the necessary premium cost, anybody who didn’t pay the necessary cost is perhaps compelled to pay all of the missed contributions with curiosity and penalty.

“I believe that this is already too much of them to ask for an interest rate and a penalty which is very unfair and inhumane for those who travel away from their families to work. It is very unfortunate that they call OFWs modern heroes and yet they penalize us with such directives,” the petition reads.

OFWs additionally slammed Philhealth for including burden to them.

“Shame to PhilHealth. It a heavy burden to all OFWs. How you’ll trust a corrupt agency that cannot even provide medical needs to OFWs working overseas. STOP using overseas workers as a milking cow,” one of many individuals who signed the net petition stated.

Even Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. opposed the rise of premium contribution.

“After the abolition of the income tax on OFWs, they’ve figured another way to tax you for your great privilege of being born Filipino, poor and jobless at home. Let’s all sing for nothing,” Locsin wrote.

President Duterte just isn’t but giving a touch upon the stated situation.

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