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43 PhilHealth execs step down

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Following Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s dictum to clean up the state-run insurance firm amid anomalies, PhilHealth head Dante Gierran had, last September 30, directed officials with Salary Grade 26 and upwards to tender their resignation, effective immediately.


Twenty-seven senior executives submitted their resignation while 16 chose to retire. Of the 27 who resigned, 21 came from the central office and six came from regional offices. Among the 16 who retired, 10 came from the central office while six came from regional offices. The identities of the officers were not disclosed.


Gierran was given until December to “cleanse” the agency, before the President decides whether or not he would abolish it.


Previously, the justice department led a probe into anomalies inside the institution and recommended to file graft and administrative charges against ex-chief Ricardo Morales; executive vice president and chief operating officer Arnel De Jesus; senior vice presidents Jovita Aragona, Renato Limsiaco Jr. and Israel Francis Pargas; officer-in-charge Calixto Gabuya Jr.; and division chief Bobby Crisostomo.


The National Bureau of Investigation complaint made some weeks ago against the officials pertained to “highly irregular” release of funds from the P30-billion interim reimbursement mechanism (IRM). The IRM is used to reimburse health care institutions to enable them to continue their national calamity response.


PhilHealth officials also allegedly kept P15 billion in state funds.


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