UA&P faculty and personnel will soon be delivering training modules to address the needs of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), a government-owned and government-controlled corporation charged with the country’s national health insurance program. The two-year partnership was forged last October 27 at the University campus where a memorandum of agreement was signed by UA&P President Dr. Jose Maria Mariano and PhilHealth CEO Atty. Alexander Padilla. Dr. Mariano said the partnership would be an opportunity for UA&P “to be of service to a key institution in the government.”
“We are honored by the trust (PhilHealth) placed in our institution, and we are challenged to impart in the training sessions our best, both as individual instructors, and as an institution as a whole,” he said. “(W)e will be able to help one another move towards integral human development.”
According to Dr. Veronica Ramirez, UA&P Center for Research and Communication Director for Operations, the partnership’s goals align with UA&P’s research agenda regarding poverty alleviation, citizenship, and civic responsibility. “It is certainly an opportunity for us to support national development,” she said.
Atty. Padilla expressed PhilHealth’s commitment to ensure the training’s success and hoped that the two years will extend to “more years of partnership” for the benefit of the Filipino people. Nadine Navarro, Senior Manager of International and Local Engagement Department of the Corporate Affairs Group, also commended the University’s contribution to improving PhilHealth’s insurance program.
“UA&P’s willingness to share its expertise, knowledge and skills in the fields of information technology, accounting and management, leadership, communication skills and law will ensure PhilHealth a highly-capacitated workforce,” she said.
This partnership between UA&P and PhilHealth comes after the legislation of Republic Act No. 10 606 of June 19, 2013, which seeks to ensure health insurance coverage for the poor and marginalized.