Sec. Duque 'FAILED MISERABLY' in leading Philhealth - Poe

Sec. Duque 'FAILED MISERABLY' in leading Philhealth - Poe


Senator Grace Poe, made it loud and clear in telling current Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque that he has “failed miserably” in his mandate under the Duterte administration because of the number of unaddress ed cyclical corruption in the government health system.

“The numbers will show that you have failed miserably as the lead of both PhilHealth and the DOH,” Poe told Duque at the Senate committee.

Poe took note that Duque has been Phlhealth’s chairman for 11 years is ignorant of the systemic corruption happening inside agency.

The lady senator summed up his observation to the agency to a cancer patient , plagued by corruption and inefficiency through the years, that has endangered the fund life of the agency.

“Ang sakit na nararanasan ngayon ng PhilHealth ay isang cancer na dahil paulit-ulit po itong nangyayari, noon pa. Ang masasabi lamang natin kung merong isang tao na may institutional knowledge ng PhilHealth kung ibabase natin sa haba ng paninilbihan bilang isang pinuno ay kayo po ‘yun,” Poe said.

Duque told the panel he was PhilHealth president from 2001 to 2005, then as chairman from 2005 to 2010 before returning as its head in 2017.

“Sa tagal ng panahon na ‘yun, ang masasabi lang natin, paulit-ulit ninyong binabanggit na kayo ay may krusada laban sa korapsyon subalit parang taliwas ito sa mga napapakita ninyo,” Poe said.

Citing a newspaper article, she said that in 2018, a total of 4,357 administrative cases [involving PhilHealth] were submitted, but not one was acted upon by the management.

“If only Secretary Duque had strong leadership-and he’s supposed to idolize President Duterte, who is known for his quick decisions-then he could have tackled these. Unfortunately, he didn’t,” Poe stressed.

The senator also noted the disparity in the reimbursement claims of hospitals and health centers for dialysis procedures ranging from P737,000 to P33 million.

“Napakalaki ng agwat and ‘yun pang pinakamalaking agwat ay sa iisang lugar. I am not going to mention the name of the professional involved because I don’t want to focus on a personality here but the symptom of a larger institutional problem,” she said.

“11 years na kayo dyan, paulit-ulit lang yung nangyayari. Ano ang solusyon na naiiba ngayon na hindi ninyo nagawa noon. Alam niyo marami nang humingi ng inyong pagbibitiw. Pero kayo mismo hindi niyo inakala na magbigay ng kortesiyang ganun sapagkat sabi mo nga your best is not good enough, but you’re continuing, you’re still there in that agency,” Poe told Duque. 


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