On the Philippine Red Cross

The President has given his commitment that the government will pay its obligation to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

Further, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has given its legal opinion that the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has to provide partial payment to the PRC while the memorandum of agreement between PhilHealth and the PRC is undergoing review.

Having said this, we call on the PRC to resume its testing services. We likewise ask the public, including our stranded overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and overseas Filipinos (OFs), for their patience and understanding as we resolve this matter at the soonest possible time. In the meantime, we have already asked government and private laboratories to assist our OFWs and OFs in their RT-PCR testing.