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Roque Speaks on PhilHealth Premium For Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)

ROQUE – Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque spoke on the PhilHealth premium for the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Undeniably, one of the trending topics now is the proposed premium that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) will have to pay to the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation.

More commonly called as PhilHealth, the said government agency is the body that provides health coverage for Filipinos. It is attached to the Department of Health (DOH) as both are among the top bodies in the healthcare system of the country.

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Previously, it was said that OFWs may have to pay a premium to PhilHealth that is equivalent to 3% of a person’s monthly salary. Undeniably, it gained different reactions from the people.

A lot of OFWs stressed that it is a huge increase to pay for on their part. Many aired that they also have families to feed and not all the Filipinos working abroad earn a huge amount of money. Some people’s salary are just enough for the monthly expenses of the family.

Many Pinoys working abroad are worried that a 3% increase on their monthly will be a big cut on their monthly budget. It might lead to them falling short of cash for their household bills and other spendings.

Recently, President Spokesperson Harry Roque spoke on the issue. Based on a post of GMA News, he announced that the 3% proposed PhilHealth premium for OFWs is not mandatory.

According to the Presidential Spokesman, instead, the said premium which is equivalent to 3% of the monthly salary of the PhilHealth member working abroad will be voluntary.

As of this writing, there are still no further details yet over the matter. More updates may be posted soon.

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READ ALSO: VIDEO: OFW Vents Frustration Over PhilHealth Premium Payment Hike

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