BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 10
DECLARING THE 2ND OF OCTOBER 2010 AS THE NATIONWIDE PHILHEALTH REGISTRATION DAY AND DIRECTING THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO LEAD CONCERNED GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO FACILITATE THE NATIONWIDE PHILHEALTH REGISTRATION
WHEREAS, Article II, Section 15 of the 1987 Constitution expressly declares as a policy of the State to protect and promote the right to health of the people and to instill health consciousness among them;
WHEREAS, Article XII, Section 11 of the 1987 Constitution further directs the State to adopt an integrated and comprehensive approach to health development which shall endeavor to make essential goods, health and other social services available to all Filipinos at affordable cost;
WHEREAS, R.A. No. 7875, otherwise known as the National Health Insurance Act of 1995, as amended, mandates that all Filipinos shall be covered by the National Health Insurance Program;
WHEREAS, one of the priorities of this Administration is to ensure that all Filipinos, especially the poor, have access to health care services through universal health care in three years, or less;
WHEREAS, there is an urgent need for a unified effort between and among concerned government agencies, local government units, professional societies, corporate partners and other non-government organizations, through the leadership of the Department of Health, to ensure that all Filipinos be enrolled in Philhealth;
WHEREAS, there is a need to increase public awareness regarding the entitlements and responsibilities relative to Philhealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order:
SECTION 1. Nationwide Philhealth Registration Day (NPRD). – The 2nd day of October 2010 shall be declared as the Nationwide Philhealth Registration Day, herein referred to as NPRD, to achieve the following objectives:
a. Increase public awareness regarding the entitlements and responsibilities relative to Philhealth coverage
b. Automatic enrollment of poor families identified by the Department of Social Welfare Test (NHTS-PMT)
c. Enjoin enrollment of the informal sector
SECTION 2. Creation of the National Steering Committee for Nationwide Philhealth Registration Day (NSC-NPRD). – The NSC-NPRD is hereby created to serve as the coordinating body to oversee the implementation of the NPRD. The NSC-NPRD is chaired by the Secretary of Health and its members shall include the Secretaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Department of Education, the National Anti-poverty Commission, the President of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and the National Presidents of the Leagues of Provinces, Cities and Municipalities.
SECTION 3. Creation of Task Forces for the NPRD. – The Secretary of Health shall organize task forces and a secretariat to provide support to NSC-NPRD implementation. Subject to applicable rules and regulations, the Secretary of Health is authorized to engage and mobilize the private sector.
SECTION 4. Funding. – For this activity, the amount of Five Hundred Million Pesos (PHP500,000,000.00) from the funds of the department of Health shall be allotted to cover the share of the local government units in the premium payment of indigent families identified under the available funds of the participating agencies, subject to applicable existing rules and regulations.
SECTION 5. Separability Clause. – In the event that any provision of this Order is declared unconstitutional or invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the other provisions thereof shall not be affected thereby.
SECTION 6. Repealing Clause. – All administrative orders and other issuances or part thereof inconsistent with the provisions of this Order are hereby repealed, amended or modified accordingly.
SECTION 7. Effectivity. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately upon publication.
DONE in the City of Manila, Philippines, this 2nd day of October in the year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Ten.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
President of the Philippines
By the President:
(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.
Source: Malacañang Records Office
Office of the President of the Philippines. (2010). Executive Order No. 10: Declaring the 2nd of October 2010 as the nationwide PhilHealth registration day and directing the Department of Health to lead concerned government agencies to facilitate the nationwide PhilHealth registration. Manila: Malacañang Records Office.