4Ps bill prioritizes farmers, shuns epal politics and weaknesses of P.5 trillion program
January 30, 2019
The Senate-approved bill institutionalizing the state’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program carries provisions which “shield it from epal politics, prioritize farmers and fishermen, reward work equity, link it to livelihood programs,” Sen. Ralph Recto said. “This is not merely extending the program, but tweaking it so that targets are met, and wasteful spending avoided,” Recto
Universal Health Care Act and the New SSS Act, two laws principally authored by Ralph and Vilma Santos-Recto in the Senate & House of Reps (photos from Malacanang)
President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday signed into law the Universal Health Care (UHC) Act and the New SSS Act of 2018, two laws both principally authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto in the Senate, and Lipa Congresswoman Vilma Santos-Recto in the House of Representatives.
Under the new UHC law, all Filipinos shall automatically be enrolled in PhilHealth, either as direct or indirect contributors, and they will be eligible and have access to preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care for medical, dental, mental and emergency health services, including out-patient drugs.
Improved benefit packages will reduce their out-of-pocket expenses, while public health facilities and the entire health system will also be improved.
Since all Filipinos will now be automatically Philhealth members, we made sure that paying members will continue to contribute to the fund and support the Philhealth operations by providing them additional benefits as incentive for the increase in their premium rate. The additional benefits will incentivize those who pay higher premiums and will encourage those who are voluntarily paying to keep contributing.
To mitigate fraud through false claims which bleed the Philhealth fund, we have also increased the penalties for erring Philhealth employees, imposing the same penalties with those of colluding healthcare providers.
Meanwhile, the New SSS Act takes a pro-member stance by limiting the power of the SSS Commission to increase the rate of contribution and adjust the minimum and maximum salary credit.
A new scheme is introduced in which contributions, on top of the regular social security pension fund, shall accrue to a provident fund.
The SSS member is given the option to voluntarily contribute to a provident fund, which shall be tax-free.
The law also allows kasambahays, whose actual monthly income is lower than the minimum salary credit, to contribute based on their actual monthly salary.
It also grants unemployment or involuntary separation benefits to a member.
The new law also removes the presidential authority to approve matters pertaining to the day-to-day operations of the SSS. ... See MoreSee Less
"Ang isang magandang probisyong ipinasok natin sa budget noong kasagsagan ng debate, na in-adopt sa final version ng budget, ay ang pagbabawal na magamit ang pera ng bayan upang pondohan ang mga proyektong kulang sa pag-aaral, lalo pa’t ito’y uutangin sa ibang bansa at maglalagay sa panganib sa seguridad ng bansa.
Pangalawang good news ay ang pagkakasama sa 2019 budget ng panukala nating pondohan ang mga importanteng naipasang batas na nakaligtaang pondohan, tulad ng P18 bilyon para sa Universal Health Care na magbibigay ng mas magandang PhilHealth benefits sa lahat ng Pilipino, maging ikaw ay regular na PhilHealth contributor o hindi; P10 bilyon sa Coco Levy & Coconut Modernization Law; P10 bilyon sa Rice Tarrification Law; at P30 bilyon para sa Bangsamoro Organic Law." ... See MoreSee Less
Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph G. Recto is a competent, dedicated and diplomatic public servant. His devotion to family and community, unrelenting desire to make a better life for others, consummate passion for his work, and interactive leadership style serve as the firm foundation upon which he built a reputation as a young and committed leader whether as a legislator or a national executive.