“By virtue of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Corporation and the Department of Labor and Employment, delinquent employers are hereby reminded to settle their arrears with Philhealth; otherwise, we will take the appropriate legal action” Legal Support Services Section Head, Atty Jusen E. Lubaton said.

With the Field Operations Division personnel led by FOD Chief, Dr. Miriam Grace G. Pamonag and other support staff, it was discussed during the round table discussion that out of the billing charges sent to those who failed to pay their contributions in the previous year, only 50% settled their obligation here in the Region.

Those who failed to collect, remit and report employees’ contributions; collected, remitted and reported less than the prescribed schedule; missed to pay in behalf of their employees and those who have not remitted but has certified, deliberately or otherwise that it has paid in behalf of his employee are all liable for the matter.

Further, Philhealth has the right to be reimbursed all expenses it has paid for the member from erring or negligent employer who failed to deduct, remit and report the complete employee’s and employer’s premium, without prejudice to the latter’s prosecution and other liabilities as stated in Section 20, Rule III, Title III of the Revised Implementing Rules and Regulations of the National Health Insurance Corporation

“With support from DOLE, billing and collection shall be monitored carefully and Philhealth shall take appropriate legal action against the non- complying employers,” Lubaton said.

This policy is bound for implementation within the first quarter and thereafter to enhance the policy on settlement of arrears per Office order # 54 series of 2002 and Office Order #80 series of 2007.

On the other hand, per Omnibus Guidelines on Settlement of Arrears by Delinquent, Under-remitting and Non-remitting employers, those who are liable may settle their arrears in lump sum or installment within three months to one year depending on their proposed mode of payment to the corporation. (HGN)


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