REELECTIONIST Senator JV Ejercito has assured Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) that they are covered by Universal Health Care (UHC) law, or Republic Act 11223.
“OFWs are definitely covered. Basta Pilipino, kasama dito. Kapag umuwi sila after their tour of duty, they will be covered. Basta may proof na ikaw ay Pilipino, you would be covered by the National Health Insurance Program,” he said on Saturday during the “Executive Session” program of radio DZRH where he was the guest.
Ejercito, a.k.a. “Mr. Healthcare,” explained that under the UHC, all Filipinos are automatic members of PhilHealth.
“That means, hindi na magigipit kapag nagkasakit dahil sa UHC, abot-kaya na ng bulsa ang medical services mula sa check-up, piling laboratory tests, hanggang sa pagpapa-ospital dahil katuwang ang gobyerno sa pagpasan ng gastos,” he said.
Aside from the UHC, President Duterte also recently signed Republic Act No. 11201, or the Creation of Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Act.
Ejercito, elected in 2013 for his first term, has authored 75 laws, 572 bills including co-authorships, and 108 resolutions.
Included in Ejercito’s list of laws are for free irrigation, anti-agricultural smuggling, free college education in State Colleges and Universities, and Sangguniang Kabataan reform, among others.
Ejercito started his political career when he was elected mayor of San Juan and served for three consecutive terms (2001-2010) where his successful health and housing programs are giving benefits to the people of San Juan until now.
The Polytechnic University of the Philippines-San Juan Campus was built in 2008, also during his term, which has already produced more than 10,000 scholars.
Then, he served as a congressman representing the City of San Juan for one term (2010-2013).####