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Aug 15, 2020


The spending plan was delivered to the Department of Health (DOH's) country wellbeing revolves program around December 2015, inciting legislators to speculate the sum was utilized for the LP's appointive battle, similar to the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia discussion. 

"The preoccupation of the PhilHealth subsidize planned for the advantages of senior residents, for me, is a horrifying demonstration multiple times more merciless than the Dengvaxia disaster," Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito, executive of the joint congressional oversight board, said. 

"I can just portray this go about as unfeeling and coldhearted toward the state of our senior residents," Ejercito included. 

PhilHealth chief VP Ruben John Basa said on Aug. 5, 2015, at that point wellbeing secretary Janette Garin and PhilHealth president Alex Padilla mutually composed a letter to then spending boss Florencio Abad mentioning the exchange of P10.6 billion from the Miscellaneous Personnel and Benefits Fund (MPBF) in the 2015 financial plan for the DOH program. 

The sum, which should finance the extra advantages under the Expanded Senior Citizens' Act, was stopped in the MPBF. 

The exchange was affirmed by Abad and previous leader secretary Paquito Ochoa. 

The arrival of the assets at some point in December was managed without the information and endorsement of the PhilHealth load up at that point and was revealed just when the currrent board was soliciting the Department from Budget and Management for the cash, Basa and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III told the oversight council. 

Garin and Padilla's solicitation came around a similar time the previous wellbeing boss requested P3.5 billion for the counter dengue inoculation program. 

Duque said the preoccupation was dubious and sketchy as in addition to the fact that it was managed without the information on the PhilHealth board, but on the other hand was made with no examination on its effect on the organization's money related life span. 

He said out of the 3,200 provincial wellbeing communities that should have been finished, just 217 had endorsements of fruition. 

"We saw a ton of malgovernance, subsidize discharges were simply superciliously done and appropriate procedure was not regarded," he said. 

Duque said due to the preoccupation, the life of the PhilHealth hold finance was diminished from the compulsory two years to only 10 months as a feature of it was utilized to fill the P10.6 billion for senior residents' advantages. 

Last March 18, PhilHealth documented a protest before the Office of the Ombudsman against Garin and Padilla for supposed infringement of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act regarding the store preoccupation.


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