Susan “Toots” Ople is the youngest daughter of the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Blas F. Ople. She has a Sunday column in Manila Bulletin’s Panorama Magazine and Tempo and two public service radio programs, “Bantay OFW” at DZXL RMN 558 every Monday to Friday, 12.30-2 pm and “Global Pinoy” at DWIZ 882 every Saturday from 5.30-6.30 pm.
by Susan Ople
First posted in susanople.com
EFFECTIVE January 1, 2014, the monthly PhilHealth contributions of members with the lowest salaries was doubled to P200, with the additional Php100 contribution to be shouldered equally by the worker and his or her employer. In the case of overseas Filipino workers, this adjustment translates into a P2,400 annual contribution compared to last year’s P1,200 annual rate.
PhilHealth Circular No. 0025 s. 2013 issued in October 2013 provides for two payment options for OFWs set to leave this year:
Pay the P2,400 annual contributions in one sweep at all PhilHealth accredited collection agencies including the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration and accredited recruitment agencies; or,
Pay P1,600 valid for six months premium with an understanding that the contributions for the succeeding six months will be settled within six months after the expiration of the initial coverage in order for the OFW to enjoy full benefits of the program.