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OFWs Decry Added Burden as PhilHealth Increases Premiums to 3% of Monthly Salary

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) decry the added financial burden they are experiencing as PhilHealth pushes through with its plan to increase premiums starting this year, charging 3% of their monthly salary!

PhilHealth Increases OFW Contributions

According to PhilHealth Circular No. 2020-0014 entitled “Premium Contribution and Collection of Payment of Overseas Filipino Member”, OFWs whose monthly income ranges from Php10,000 to Php60,000 need to pay 3.0%. That is an increase from 2.75% in 2019.

While 3% might not appear to be big on paper, it actually is an added burden to OFWs because the actual amount is actually big!

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For example, Filipino domestic workers who usually earn around Php20,000 ($400) per month must pay Php600 ($12) per month or a total of Php7,200 ($145) per year as PhilHealth coverage. Considering the many contributions that OFWs have to pay before going abroad, this amount is already a huge burden to pay.

But that’s just for those earning Php20,000!

Overseas Filipinos who earn more than Php60,000 must pay Php21,000 ($420) for annual PhilHealth premiums.

What’s worse, this is just the beginning. If you already feel that 3% is a big burden, wait until you realize that the premiums are going to gradually increases each year from 2019 to 2025. It started with 2.5% in 2019, growing to 3% in 2020 but will be 3.5% in 2021, 4% in 2022, 4.5% in 2023, 5% in 2024 and 2025!

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From the same examples above, the domestic helper earning Php20,000 a month will be paying Php1,000 per month or Php12,000 per year! Likewise, the OFW earning more than Php60,000 will have to pay Php3,000 a month or Php36,000 per year!

Obviously, those who earn more need to pay more. The income ceiling will be set at Php100,000 by 2024. By then, anyone earning Php100,000 above will pay Php5,000 a month or a whopping Php60,000 a year!

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OFWs Seeking for Repeal

OFWs launched a petition to seek repeal of this circular. On Change.org, nearly 300,000 have signed the on-going online petition entitled, “Remove Philhealth Mandatory 3% Premium Payment from OFW’s salary.

“I believe that we OFWs and our dependents have been already struggling amidst this Pandemic and yet Philhealth had issued a very unfair memo regarding premium payments.

I believe that this is already too much of them to ask for an interest rate and a penalty which is very unfair and inhumane for those who travel away from their families to work. It is very unfortunate that they call OFWs modern heroes and yet they penalize us with such directives.

We urge the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) to reverse this directive as this is unfair and an abuse to our migrant workers.”

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Fake UP Summa Cum Laude Becomes Guest Speaker at Graduation

A woman pretended to be a summa cum laude graduate from the University of the Philippines (UP), so she was invited to be the guest speaker at the virtual graduation ceremony of a school in Cavite! Apparently, she used fake documents to back up her claims.

Woman Fakes Summa Cum Laude, Becomes Graduation Guest Speaker

The summa cum laude honor is the highest a graduate could ever receive. So, people are amazed by summa cum laude graduates and view them as an inspiration.

The administration of Ramona S. Tirona Memorial School in Dasmariñas, Cavite invited a woman identified as Kathleen Joy Ravelo Poblete as their graduation speaker last July 15 because she claims to be a summa cum laude graduate from UP.

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Poblete also submitted documents to the school to show that she’s a dean’s lister. Other documents also showed that she’s the recipient of the Juris Doctor’s award and was also awarded “Best in Research.”

She also claimed that she’s currently enrolled at the UP Manila College of Law.

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As impressive as her claims were, the fake qualifications would soon be discovered by eagle-eyed netizens – and she soon got served with digital karma.

Atty. Rowena Soriano clarified that UP Manila doesn’t have a College of Law – UP Law is in UP Diliman.

The UP Manila Department of Social Sciences also denied affiliations with Poblete, clarifying that they have no records of Poblete ever attending their school. Also, only one person has ever been awarded as summa cum laude from the UP Manila Political Science program – and that’s Ms. Georgina Mia B. Gato in 2019.

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The department also clarified that it doesn’t have a College of Law (as stated by Soriano), and doesn’t have a Best in Research award or Juris Doctor’s award.

After the issue went viral, another netizen shared the story of how Poblete used someone else’s identity to date men online! Uh-oh.

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What’s a Juris Doctor?

A Juris Doctor is a graduate-entry professional degree in law. A person with this distinction has graduated from law school but hasn’t passed the bar exam yet. Because they aren’t bar-passers yet, they aren’t called “attorneys” and can’t practice as a lawyer.

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Construction Workers Find Lots of Money at Construction Site They were Digging

Some construction workers found bags of money at the construction site they were digging – but can they still use this money to buy food and other items they needed?

Workers Find Money at Construction Site

Several construction workers from Tandag City in Surigao del Sur were so happy after finding bags of money from a construction site they were digging! There was so much money that some of them estimated the total to be around Php500,000. Wow.

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Who owns the money and were they able to use it?

According to Peterson Bucay, one of the workers, he and his stepfather were already packing up their things and were ready to go home when they heard the other workers shouting. They ran outside and found the others happily exclaiming about bags of money they dug from the ground.

The workers had different versions of how much they got, but it was around estimated to be from around Php50,000 to Php300,000.

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Another construction worker, Wilfred Asilom, was the first to discover the stash of money under the land they were digging. He estimates that the money is at around Php500,000.

At first, he thought it was play money but the other construction workers would begins shouting after realizing it was for real.

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Jayson Necosia, another worker, took a shovel and started digging – and he got around Php100,000,

Then, Wilfred found another plastic bag of money worth around Php10,000.

Workers Split the Money and Shared with Onlookers

The construction workers were excited over the unexpected windfall and made sure to split the money among themselves. They even shared with some of the onlookers who went to the area to check on the news about the money the workers discovered.

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But their joy turned to sadness after learning that they can’t use the money. It’s no longer legal tender – most of it is from 1985 to 2017 and has already been demonetized.

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PLtCol Jeffrey Laurence Mauricio, PNP Chief of Tandag City most of the cash and urged the construction workers to turn over the money to the police station so it won’t be returned to circulation at unsuspecting stores.

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Wife Feels Premonition Because of Soldier Husband’s Cryptic Message During Video Call

The wife of a soldier who perished in the C-130 plane crash in Sulu shares her feelings of premonition because of her husband’s message during their video call while on the flight.

Husband’s Cryptic Message Goes Viral

Corporal Carlo Dapanas, Jr., was among the 50+ soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during the C-130 plane crash in Patikul town, Sulu in southern Philippines last Sunday, July 4, 2021.

After the horrific event, his wife Mabel Dapanas shared how she felt a strong sense of premonition while she was having a video call with her late husband before the fateful flight.

According to Mabel, her husband kept telling her that he loves her and that he will never forget her or their child.

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Sabi niya mag-ingat diyan sa bahay, mahal daw niya ako. Hindi niya raw ako kalimutan at tsaka ‘yong anak namin. Sign na talaga niya na parang may mangyari sa kanila. Hindi niya matiis na hindi niya ako ma-contact, ma-video call,” the grieving wife recalled.

Ang sabi niya ‘yong sinakyan na C-130 na airplane may ano raw may problem daw sabi ng asawa ko.

The video call was abruptly cut off. Mabel tried to contact her husband but his phone couldn’t be reached.

It was hours later that she learned about the crash. Sadly, her husband was among those who lost their lives during the accident.

Bago siya pumunta ng Sulu, sabi niya magpundar daw siya ng bahay at tsaka ng business sabi niya sa akin para sa kaniyang anak,” she said.

It is so sad that Mabel and her baby lost their head of the family in this manner.

Wath the report here:

What Happened to the C-130 Plane Crash in Sulu?

Authorities are still trying to determine the exact reason why the C-130 plane crashed in Sulu, especially because it was driven by experienced pilots.

Initial reports showed that the plane appears to have overshot the short runway and was trying to gain power when it crashed near the airport.

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