House committee okays bill creating OFW Hospital

Published November 18, 2019, 2:28 PM

by CJ Juntereal

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The House Committee on Ways and Means approved Monday a bill seeking to establish an Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) hospital.

(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The House panel, chaired by Albay Rep.  Joey Salceda gave in to the request of Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan, chair of the House Committee on Health, who sought the immediate approval of House Bill 168.

“With the concurrence of this honorable committee, I move for the approval of this bill,  specially the tax provision, ” Tan said.

Salceda, in response,  said his panel “poses no amendments”  to Section 7 of the bill.

In less than five minutes,  the panel specifically passed the tax provision of House Bill 168, principally authored by Tan. It was Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing,  vice chairman of the panel,  who moved for the approval of the bill.

“The language was provided by the Committee in the previous Congress so may I move for the approval of Section 7, tax exemption of House Bill 168,” Suansing said.

Section 7 of the proposed Act provides that all grants, bequests, endowments,  donations and contributions made to the OFW Hospital to be used actually, directly and exclusively by the OFW Hospital shall be exempt from donor’s tax and the same shall be considered as allowable deduction from the gross income of the donor.

The importation of equipment, which shall be used solely for the operations of the establishment and are not available locally, shall also be exempt from value-added tax and customs duty, the bill provides.

HB 168 seeks to establish the OFW Hospital with at least a tertiary level of care.

The OFW Hospital shall be under full administrative and technical supervision of the Department of Health (DOH), it provides.

Under the HB 168, the Hospital is expected to provide comprehensive and total health care services to all migrant workers, including Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) contributors, and their legal dependents; conduct medical examinations to ensure the physical and mental capability of would-be overseas contract workers; and serve as the primary referral hospital for repatriated OFWs who need medical assistance.

It is also mandated to set up systems that will effectively monitor the condition of patients and to generate relevant health information and data for policy formulation; and participate in the health care provider networks relative to the implementation of Republic Act No. 11223 or the “Universal Health Care Act.”

The bill tasks the Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as chairperson of the OWWA Board to guarantee that existing health benefits and medical assistance programs are strengthened to include subsidies on hospitalization and medical procedures for OFWs and qualified dependents, among others.

The bill also calls for the creation of a Joint Executive Oversight Committee to recommend hospital development plans, and ensure the proper implementation of the proposed Act.

Within 60 days from the approval of the proposed Act,  the DOH shall promulgate the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed Act.

During the previous 17th Congress,  the House of Representatives  approved the bill on third and final reading.

 
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House committee okays bill creating OFW Hospital

Published November 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The House Committee on Ways and Means approved Monday a bill seeking to establish an Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) hospital.

(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)
(MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

The House panel, chaired by Albay Rep.  Joey Salceda gave in to the request of Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan, chair of the House Committee on Health, who sought the immediate approval of House Bill 168.

“With the concurrence of this honorable committee, I move for the approval of this bill,  specially the tax provision, ” Tan said.

Salceda, in response,  said his panel “poses no amendments”  to Section 7 of the bill.

In less than five minutes,  the panel specifically passed the tax provision of House Bill 168, principally authored by Tan. It was Nueva Ecija Rep. Estrellita Suansing,  vice chairman of the panel,  who moved for the approval of the bill.

“The language was provided by the Committee in the previous Congress so may I move for the approval of Section 7, tax exemption of House Bill 168,” Suansing said.

Section 7 of the proposed Act provides that all grants, bequests, endowments,  donations and contributions made to the OFW Hospital to be used actually, directly and exclusively by the OFW Hospital shall be exempt from donor’s tax and the same shall be considered as allowable deduction from the gross income of the donor.

The importation of equipment, which shall be used solely for the operations of the establishment and are not available locally, shall also be exempt from value-added tax and customs duty, the bill provides.

HB 168 seeks to establish the OFW Hospital with at least a tertiary level of care.

The OFW Hospital shall be under full administrative and technical supervision of the Department of Health (DOH), it provides.

Under the HB 168, the Hospital is expected to provide comprehensive and total health care services to all migrant workers, including Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) contributors, and their legal dependents; conduct medical examinations to ensure the physical and mental capability of would-be overseas contract workers; and serve as the primary referral hospital for repatriated OFWs who need medical assistance.

It is also mandated to set up systems that will effectively monitor the condition of patients and to generate relevant health information and data for policy formulation; and participate in the health care provider networks relative to the implementation of Republic Act No. 11223 or the “Universal Health Care Act.”

The bill tasks the Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as chairperson of the OWWA Board to guarantee that existing health benefits and medical assistance programs are strengthened to include subsidies on hospitalization and medical procedures for OFWs and qualified dependents, among others.

The bill also calls for the creation of a Joint Executive Oversight Committee to recommend hospital development plans, and ensure the proper implementation of the proposed Act.

Within 60 days from the approval of the proposed Act,  the DOH shall promulgate the implementing rules and regulations of the proposed Act.

During the previous 17th Congress,  the House of Representatives  approved the bill on third and final reading.

 
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