The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation vowed to settle its debts to Philippine Red Cross after the non-governmental organization stopped its COVID-19 tests to migrant workers and medical frontliners due to PhilHealth’s failure P930 million unpaid balance.
PhilHealth’s spokesperson Rey Baleña explained that the delayed payment is part of the review that newly installed PhilHealth chief Dante Gierran is conducting to check its partnership with the group.
“Humihingi kami ng paumanhin kung may ganiyan na usapin… Nandun ‘yung pagsisikap natin na ito ay maproseso at mabayaran,” he said.
[We want to apologize if there’s such issue… We are working hard to process and settle this.]
Baleña noted that they were only waiting for clearances from other government agencies to settle the dues.
“Meron lang sino-sort out na ilang bagay sa ibang authorities para tiyak po na tayo ay good to go at talagang maayos. Siyempre ito ay pera ng ating mga miyembro,” he said.
[We are just sorting things out to ensure we are good to go. Of course, this is the money of our members.]
In an earlier statement, PhilHealth said it had paid PRC some P1.6 billion for over 400,000 tests it conducted.