Malacañang on Thursday assured the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) that the government will settle its remaining P623-million debt with the humanitarian organization.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the government, particularly the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), has proven its commitment to settle its remaining debt to the PRC in the past.
“Magbabayad po ang national government. Napatunayan naman po ng national government na hindi po tumatalikod sa obligasyon ang national government (The national government will pay. The national government has already proved that they will not turn back on its obligation,” he said in a press briefing in San Vicente, Palawan.
Roque, however, said there would be a need to verify the total amount of debt based on the PhilHealth’s “three-tiered payment scheme.”
Red Cross, last October, temporarily halted testing for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) it was doing for the government due to the more than P1-billion debt incurred by PhilHealth. It resumed testing Senator Richard Gordon said PhilHealth owes PRC a total of P623.32 million as of December 1.
PRC spends about P25 million per day for testing. SOVEREIGNPH