PhilHealth to OFWs: Beware of Fake Receipts

THE Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) again warned its members, particularly the Overseas Filipino Workers, against fake official receipts for premium contribution payments circulating in various parts of the country.

Reports have reached PhilHealth that a number of recruitment agencies are issuing counterfeit PhilHealth Official Receipts (PORs) to OFWs as part of their document processing.

This development prompted the state-run health insurer to issue a series of advisories reminding the public to be vigilant about the proliferation of the fake PORs.

Only PhilHealth Regional and Local Health Insurance Offices are authorized to issue the POR,” PhilHealth said in an earlier advisory.

Likewise, PhilHealth called on its OFW members to be more cautious and be watchful of persons or establishments issuing such counterfeit receipts when paying their premium contributions as these may result to non-availment of their PhilHealth benefits.

The number of confirmed cases of fake PORs increased from 199 to 201 as of November 21, 2016, and of the 201 cases, 184 or 92 percent were already submitted to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for appropriate action.

The PhilHealth management is currently working with the POEA and other concerned offices to further intensify its campaign against agencies that will be found guilty of committing such illegal acts.

PhilHealth urged the public particularly the OFWs to immediately report any incidence of suspected issuance of fake PORs to the nearest PhilHealth Regional or Local Health Insurance Office or call the Treasury Department at (02) 638-3082 or the Fact Finding Investigation and Enforcement Department at (02) 637-6460.

KWF Aklat ng Bayan, makikipista sa Araw ng Aklat at Karapatang-Ari sa 23 Abril!

MAKIKIPISTA ang mga Aklat ng Bayan ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino sa Pandaigdigang Araw ng Aklat at Karapatang-Ari sa 23 Abril 2017, Quezon Memorial Circle, Lungsod Quezon. 

Nása pangangasiwa ng Pambansang Lupon sa Pagpapaunlad ng Aklat (NBDB) ang inilaan na araw na ito para sa mga mambabasa at tagapagtaguyod ng karapating-ari. Tampok dito ang merkado ng mga aklat mula sa iba’t ibang Filipinong pabliser, imprenta ng mga pampanitikang t-shirt, storytelling, palihan, at talakay hinggil sa mga aklat. 

Mula sa mga isinaling klasikong akda nina Shakespeare, Plato, Hemingway, Dickens, at iba pa, hanggang sa mga sangguniang aklat hinggil sa wika  at kulturang Filipino, mabibili  ang higit 50 titulo ng Aklat ng Bayan (ANB) sa murang halaga. 

Nagsimula ang ANB ng KWF noong 2013 at nilalayon nitong bumuo ng isang Aklatan ng Karunungan na nagtatampok sa wikang Filipino bílang wika ng paglikha at pananaliksik. Ilan sa mga aklat nito ay naging nominado sa prestihiyosong National Book Awards.

Milyong-milyong tao ang nagdiriwang ng Pandaigdigang Araw ng Aklat at Karapatang-Ari tuwing 23 Abril mula pa nang iproklama ito ng UNESCO noong 1995. Pinagtitipon-tipon nito ang mga mambabasa’t pablisher upang magkaroon ng diyalogo at ipagbunyi ang kapangyarihan ng mga aklat bílang bukal ng karunungan at katutubong kalinangan. 

Bukás at libre ang pagdalo sa araw na ito. May inihandang mumunting laro at papremyo sa mga bibisita sa booth ng KWF.  Bahagi ang Araw ng Aklat at Karapatang-Ari ng ikatlong Buwan ng Panitikan ng Filipinas na may temang Banyuhay: Panitikan. Pinangunguhan ito ng Pambansang Komisyon para sa Kultura at mga Sining (NCCA), KWF, at NBDB. 

Para sa karagdagang detalye, maaaring bumisita sa http://booksphilippines.gov.ph o sakwf.gov.ph. Maaari ding tumawag sa 736-2519 para sa mga tanong hinggil sa  KWF Aklat ng Bayan.

Vic “Bossing” Sotto continues to be the face of Hanabishi

(L-R) Hanabishi Vice President for Finance and Marketing Cherish Ong-Chua; Hanabishi President Jasper Ong; Vic “Bossing” Sotto; Hanabishi Vice President for Purchasing and Merchandising Jevon Ong; and Hanabishi Vice President for Operations Candice Ong-Ang.

Manila, Philippines. April 18, 2016 – Vic “Bossing” Sotto will continue to embody Hanabishi’s “Kapartner ng Praktikal na Nanay at Bossing” brand identity as he renewed his contract with the number one homegrown appliance brand on March 31.

Sotto shares, “Nagpapasalamat ako sa patuloy na pagtitiwala sa akin ng Hanabishi at talagang isang karangalan na maging brand ambassador nito. Subok ko na ang Hanabishi brand at hanga ako sa paghatid nila ng mura pero de-kalidad na mga appliances na angkop sa bawat pamilyang Pilipino. (I am thankful for Hanabishi’s continuous trust and confidence in me, and I feel honored to represent Hanabishi as its brand ambassador. I’ve tried and tested the Hanabishi brand personally, and I admire its mission of bringing quality yet practical and competitively-priced appliances to every Filipino home.)”

This will be the long-standing noontime show ‘Eat Bulaga!’ mainstay host’s third year as the company’s brand ambassador.

Hanabishi President Jasper Ong also shared his enthusiasm over the Box Office King’s contract renewal. “Sotto has been successful in exemplifying Hanabishi’s practicality. We are very excited about this partnership renewal, and we look forward to how Sotto will further reinforce Hanabishi’s brand image as the Filipino family’s practical partner through this year’s activity lineup,” Ong said.

Color Manila Back in Cebu for CM Challenge on May 14, 2017

Gear up with your squad and conquer the CM Challenge on May 14 at Cebu Business Park, Cebu City!

19 April 2017 – Manila: COLOR MANILA’S CM CHALLENGE RUN, which is the biggest obstacle fun run in the country, will be back in Cebu City on May 14, 2017, at the Cebu Business Park in Ayala Cebu.

“We are more than excited to bring back the CM Challenge franchise to Cebu, and we are expecting thousands of participants once again to take part in our trademark colorful run,” says COLOR MANILA VP Justine Cordero.

Participants may choose between four (4) race categories, 3K, 5K, 10K and the Yakult-sponsored 16K race.  They also have the option of choosing between the Deluxe and the Trooper race kit.  The Deluxe kit, priced at Php 750, includes a white singlet, race bib, sunglasses, finisher’s medal and color packet.  While the Trooper Kit, priced at Php 1,050, includes a colored singlet, race bib, sunglasses, finisher’s medal, color packet, drawstring bag and headwear. Participants of the 16K in the meantime would get the following items – a white singlet, race bib, sunglasses, color packet, Yakult finisher’s medal, Yakult finisher’s singlet, and Yakult pillow.

“Previous participants can expect more obstacles, mazes and challenges from this race, as we have put more exciting elements into it.  As for first time runners, they can look forward to the color festival and various color stations which are worthwhile stopovers, just to take selfies and group photos with friends.  We are encouraging all runners, both veteran and first-timers, to take part in this very exciting event, guaranteed to be a memorable experience”, adds Justine Cordero.

Tickets may be purchased at SM Tickets, Runnr Ayala Cebu and www.colormanilarun.com. Race kit claiming will be from May 11 to 13, 2017 at The Court Yard, Vibo Place. Sponsors for the event include Cebu Grand Hotel, Vibo Place, Nature’s Spring, Yakult, and Steel Art. 

Apart from the CM Challenge Cebu, upcoming CM Challenge events are as follows: CM Challenge – Laguna on June 25 and CM Challenge – Cavite on July 9, 2017.  
For more information, please visit www.colormanilarun.com.

Pag-IBIG opens Las Piñas Member Services Branch

Photo shows Pag-IBIG Fund OIC Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti (3rd from right) leading guests and officials in cutting the ribbon at the inauguration of the Las Pinas Member Services Branch (MSB) in Robinsons Place in Las Pinas City. Assisting him is Irving Wu, Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) Operations Director for Luzon Malls (to his right). Also seen in the photo are (from left): Member Services Operations (MSO) Sector Acting Senior Vice President Amado Isabelo I. Dizon III, RLC’s Regional Operations Manager Mylene Del Rosario, RLC’s Special Projects Manager Maria Theresa Miranda, MSO-NCR South-West Group Acting Vice President Olivia V. Zerrudo, Las Piňas MSB Head Rolando R. Carandang, Acting DCEO for MSO Cluster Alexander Hilario G. Aguilar, and MSO-West Area Head Sylvia A. Vista.

A bigger, better, and faster Las Pinas Member Services Branch (MSB) is now open to serve members in Las Piñas and adjacent barangays in Parañaque City. It used to be lumped with other government services and called Lingkod Pinoy Center at Robinsons Place in Las Piñas City.

“We have a bigger space and our services are now practically complete and made more accessible to our members in the area,” said Pag-IBIG Fund Officer-in-Charge Acmad Rizaldy P. Moti, who led officials of Pag-IBIG and its partner Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) in the ribbon-cutting ceremony held recently to inaugurate the new branch.

OIC Moti thanked RLC for supporting the agency’s move to convert what used to be just a member services office into a full member services branch. RLC’s Operations Director for Luzon Malls Irving Wu also announced their plan to house nine more Pag-IBIG member services branches in Robinsons malls in other regions.  

“Opening more branches is our way of bringing Pag-IBIG Fund’s various services to our members. They own the Fund and therefore deserve accessible quality service,” Moti pointed out. 

To date, Pag-IBIG has 122 branches spread out across the country.

Member Services Cluster Acting Deputy Chief Executive Officer Alexander Hilario G. Aguilar, on the other hand, expressed elation over the opening of the branch.  “Pag-IBIG started negotiating for a bigger space in Robinsons Las Piňas in April, 2016. Four months later, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) was forged and signed providing for a wider office space for a full services branch,” Aguilar recounted. 

Among the services available at the new branch are: membership registration, acceptance of loan payments, issuance of member’s ID card, records verification, multi-purpose loan processing, receiving of housing and provident claims applications, and releasing of loan proceeds.

LRMC, First Balfour team up for LRT-1 Structural Restoration Project

LRMC, First Balfour team up for LRT-1 Structural Restoration Project. Shown in photo during the signing ceremonies are (front row, L-R): LRMC General Counsel Atty. Philip Ranada; LRMC President and CEO Rogelio Singson; First Balfour President and COO Anthony Fernandez; and First Balfour Executive Vice President Rey Villar. (Back row, L-R): LRMC Technical Support Engineer Jemwell Rosales; LRMC Civil Works Quality Assurance Engineer Bernabe Ramos; LRMC Special Project Manager Nathaniel Datlangin; LRMC Senior Project Manager Scott Anderson; First Balfour Project Manager Jose Cabrera; First Balfour Construction Manager Engr. Rey Tagura; First Balfour Business Development Manager Engr. Joram San Luis; and First Balfour Associate Legal Counsel Atty. Vicente Lo.

LIGHT Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) recently signed an agreement with engineering and construction firm First Balfour for the LRT-1 Structural Restoration Project which includes the parapets, faulty concrete, and repair of river bridges of the LRT-1 line.

The P980-million LRT-1 Structural Restoration Project is the largest single contract awarded for the existing line to date and a major component towards enhanced passenger safety. The parapets, the low protective wall along the edge of the LRT-1 railway, were constructed 36 years ago and have shown wear and tear over the recent decade.

“This project is a priority for us given that it concerns the safety of our passengers,” LRMC President and CEO Rogelio L. Singson affirms. “While we have been working towards powering up more trains, replacing the tracks, and improving the environment of the stations, the structural integrity of all LRT-1 stations is our prime concern and responsibility.”

First Balfour has previously worked on LRT-1 projects. In 2005, First Balfour did the power supply and electrical works for the LRT-1 capacity expansion project and it also completed the design and build contract of the LRT-1 North Extension project, through a joint venture with DMCI.

The LRT-1 Structural Restoration Project was given the Notice to Proceed this March with target completion in two years. The project is aimed to enhance the safety and overall riding experience in LRT-1, and will complement the ongoing improvements implemented by LRMC in LRT-1 trains and all 20 stations.

PhilHealth Board Reaffirms Dr. De La Serna Selection as PCEO, and Anticipates Continued Service of former PCEO in his Capacity as Board Member

DEPARTMENT of Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial who is the concurrent Chairperson of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) expressed her sympathy and understanding for the former PhilHealth Interim President and CEO Dr Hildegardes Dineros and his statements that followed his replacement to said post by Dr. Celestina dela Serna.

Dr. Dela Serna, who is a Board member representing the Filipino Migrant Workers Sector. was officially affirmed as the PhilHealth President/CEO by a unanimous vote of the current Philhealth Board of Directors on Monday.

The Board of Directors of PhilHealth is composed of the top leadership of the Department of Health, the Department of Justice, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of Labor and Employment, the Social Security System, the Government Service Insurance System, the Department of Finance, the Civil Service Commission, and the National Anti-Poverty Commission. These permanent members automatically sit on the Board by virtue of their position as heads of their respective agencies. Other members are appointees from the Filipino Migrant Workers, Elected Local Chief Executives, Employers Sector, Healthcare Providers, Formal Economy, Informal Economy, and the Monetary Board.

Secretary Ubial wishes to make it clear to all concerned that Dr Dineros continues to serve as a member of the PhilHealth Board, being the representative of the Informal Economy Sector, on the merit of his earlier appointment by President Duterte. As such, the expertise he lends to the Corporation in this capacity shall continue to be valued by the members of the Board, the Secretary added.

Dr. Dineros future inputs shall be welcomed by the Board, and any decisions arrived at will be made without partiality nor prejudice to his behaviour, the DOH Secretary asserted.

Secretary Ubial prays that the Holy Week will provide discernment to all concerned so that Philhealth can now focus on its tasks.