This is in response to the report by Jing Villamente in the article “COA asked: Treat GOCC execs, workers differently” in your January 20, 2014 issue.
While we appreciate the statement of the Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino acknowledging the fact that rank-and-file employees have the right to negotiate for benefits under a Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA), the unfair allegations maligning the Corporation severely affects all officials and employees.
We also reiterate our statement that all benefits and allowances of whatever type or kind given to our employees:
a) are with sufficient basis. PhilHealth charter authorizes the Corporation “to organize its office, fix the compensation of and appoint personnel as may be deemed necessary and upon the recommendation of the President of the Corporation (Sec 16n, RA 7875 as amended)”;
b) did get presidential approval in 2007;
c) are given to more than 5,800 employees and not to a selected few.
More importantly, we strongly deny that our Board of Directors received any bonus as reported. Our Directors are conscientiously abiding by the rules and regulations set forth by the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG). As for our rank-and-file employees, we would like to inform you that no new incentives/bonuses have been provided by the Corporation in abeyance to the GCG study on compensation structure for GOCCs.
It is our hope that this issue will soon be put to rest and the serious difference in the interpretation of the law be finally settled.
(Sgd.) ISRAEL FRANCIS A. PARGAS, M.D.
Spokesperson and OIC, Vice President
Corporate Affairs Group