PhilHealth makes easy OFW member coverage

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Thursday, October 27, 2011


THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation is calling on overseas Filipino workers to enroll or renew their membership coverage under the PhilHealth's overseas workers program (OWP).

Payment of an annual premium of P900 entitles an active OFW to benefits effective on the date of payment, said the latest PhilHealth

advisory.

To facilitate the enrolment or renewal of membership coverage under the OWP, PhilHealth is now accepting any of the following documents as valid proof of the member being an active OFW:

Valid overseas employment certificate (OEC), valid working visa/re-entry permit, job employment contract, certificate of employment for applicable period from an employer abroad, company ID issued by an employer abroad, cash remittance receipt from member abroad at least two months prior to the date of renewal or payment of premium, valid ID or certificate issued to OFWs in the host country like Iqama, HK ID and Soggiorno or any other equivalent proof subject to the approval of the authorized officer.

“Any of these documents may be accepted as long as these establish that the member is an active OFW regardless of the number of months or days remaining in the validity or effectivity period stated in the contract, visa, permit, certificate or ID at the time of payment,” the advisory said.

Records from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration showed there are around 153,322 OFWs from Western Visayas with some 101,966 land-based and 51,356 sea-based. Of the total OFWs, 51.7 percent are males. Most are employed permanently or temporarily in the services industry such as domestic workers, production workers and professional/technical employees.

PhilHealth president and CEO Dr. Eduardo Banzon, meanwhile, called on shipping and manning agencies to work with the agency in ensuring the protection and welfare of seafarers.

Banzon underscored the need to harmonize the programs and benefits for seafarers so they get the most out of these initiatives. “We will leverage the funds of PhilHealth to get the best health care from our providers.” (CGC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 27, 2011.

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