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5 months ago | Nation | 0 comments

By Xai Reyes

The Commission on Audit (COA) reported that the state insurer Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) granted P291-million worth of hazard pay to its employees illegally.

In its 2019 annual audit report on PhilHealth, state auditors said that the amount —P236 million for regular employees and P55 million for casual employees—were distributed from 2016 to 2019 even if it is in violation of Republic Act 7305 or the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers (PHW), among other rules and regulations.

COA said that while the passage of the Universal Health Care law classified PhilHealth employees as health workers, their entitlement to benefits and allowances—including hazard pay enumerated under the magna carta—is not absolute since it is still subject to the law’s pertinent provisions and regulations.

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