Binay pleads w/ CHED, IATF: Don’t burden students
“Katatapos lang ng Kwaresma, eto na naman may panibagong pasan ang daigdig.”
This was what Senator Nancy Binay had to say over the requirement for higher education students participating in face-to-face classes to have medical insurance, and other documents.
“This is a cumbersome and unnecessary requirement para sa college students, considering that by law, all Filipinos are automatic members of PhilHealth. Sa totoo lang, di kailangang dagdagan ang proseso, dapat nga mas simplehan pa,” the senator pointed out.
According to Binay, a lot of parents were complaing about the many documentary requirements being required by college and universities before students are allowed to attend face-to-face classes.
“Yung guidelines ng IATF/DOH and CHED have led to many interpretations na halos unreasonable na. Kung walang maipakitang PhilHealth, hihingan ng private health insurance, plus meron pang duly-notarized waiver, health certificate, at certificate of indigency–at yung iba may nire-require pang negative antigen results,” she said.
“We all understand the concern, pero ‘wag naman OA. Katatapos lang ng Kwaresma, eto na naman may panibagong pasanin ang mga magulang, estudyante at daigdig,” Binay noted.
The government has already allowed colleges and universities under Alert Level 1 to hold face-to-face classes at full classroom capacity. However, only fully-vaccinated students with health insurance can participate in face-to-face classes.
Upon announcing the health insurance requirement, the government said that students aged 21 and above may enroll in PhilHealth as indigent members, on grounds that the student has no capacity to pay for the premiums. Meanwhile, students below 21 may be classified as dependents of their parents or legal guardians.
“Dapat ang requirement, simpleng vaxx card lang. Sinasabi ng iba, isang pindot lang ng app, at magbayad ka ng P500, may insurance ka na. May mali eh. Bakit kailangan papahirapan ang estudyante at magulang? Supposedly libre na nga dahil lahat covered ng PhilHealth,” Binay said.