Filipino migrant workers are refusing to be complacent after Duterte’s pronouncements that OFWs should be voluntary members to Philhealth and are instead raising the momentum of the global campaign to put an end to the unjust, extortionate and burdensome mandatory PhilHealth and premium rate hike among overseas Filipinos and migrant workers.
Led by Migrante International member organizations, they staged global noise barrage protests this weekend on the streets, their workplaces, and their homes to register their roaring opposition and discontentment with the mere suspension of the Philhealth mandatory premium collection.
From Germany, Korea, Rome, New Zealand, to Hong Kong, Filipino migrants hold banner signs “Scrap, not Suspension” and “Dapat Forever, Hindi Pay Later” while expressing their strong and united support for the urgent passage of House Bill 6698 filed by the Makabayan Bloc on May 7, 2020 which would amend the Universal Health Care Act (UHC) and render the membership of overseas Filipinos to Philhealth voluntary, and remove its provision for premium increase and imposition of penalty.
Understanding the necessity of amending the UHC law, member organizations and allied supporters of Migrante International will begin sending letters this week to the Congressmembers of the House Committee on Health to put forward their position and demand for the immediate approval of House Bill 6698.
In an online show by ABS CBN Global Kabayani Talks held on May 16, Dr. Shirley Domingo from PhilHealth made it clear that Philhealth will resume its collection of fees by the month of June per its mandate given in the Universal Health Care Act signed and approved by President Duterte. Therefore, the Duterte regime should expect deafening protest actions among Filipino migrant workers worldwide to only intensify.
Filipino migrants are firmly resolved to continue its global kalampagan protests until Duterte moves to act on his declaration by swiftly calling on Congress to amend the Universal Health Care Act.