THE board of directors of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has unanimously elected Alexander Padilla as its president and chief executive officer.
In its recent meeting, the board elected Padilla, who was earlier given a board seat representing the employer sector and at the same time nominated by President Benigno Aquino 3rd himself to the highest executive position in the state-run health insurance agency.
Under the new rules set by the Governance Commission for Government-Owned or -Controlled Corporations, heads of government-run corporations are chosen from among
and by the members of their respective boards.
Since 2010, Padilla served as PhilHealth executive vice president and chief operating officer. He is taking over from Health Secretary and PhilHealth Board Chairman Enrique Ona, who served as officer-in-charge of the corporation from January to June of this year.
The move was seen to further boost the implementation of Universal Health Care (UHC), or “Kalusugang Pangkalahatan,” wherein PhilHealth plays an active role as provider of financial risk protection through social health insurance. The UHC aims to provide all Filipinos, regardless of creed and station in life, with access to quality health care.
“With Alex Padilla at the helm of PhilHealth, we are assured of continued reforms to make sure that the corporation achieves its mandate, that all Filipinos are provided with affordable, adequate, available and accessible health care financed through a sustainable National Health Insurance Program,” Ona said.
Padilla graduated cum laude from De La Salle University with Bachelor of Arts in History, major in Political Science and minor in Philosophy. He was president of the Law Student Government and chairman of the UP Law Students Rights and Welfare Party during his post-graduate studies, where he also finished eighth of Batch 1981. He subsequently passed and was accepted in the Rolls and the Bar on the same year.
Before joining PhilHealth, he also served in different capacities such as undersecretary at the Department of Health, senior state prosecutor at the Department of Justice, special prosecutor at the Office of the Ombudsman, assistant secretary at the Department of the Interior and Local Government, commissioner at the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board and commissioner of the Bureau of Customs, among others.