/ 23 April 2022

SENATOR Christopher ‘Bong’ Go urged qualified students to enlist in Philippine Health Insurance, Inc. as getting a health insurance is a requirement for attending face-to-face classes.

He clarified that the health insurance does not have to come from a private provider. Students aged 21 and up may enroll in PhilHealth if they do not have the financial means to pay higher premiums.

On the other hand, students under the age of 21 may be considered as their parents’ or legal guardians’ dependents.

“Dahil mayroon ka ng PhilHealth, ‘yung mga 21 years old and above eh miyembro ka na po. Indigent ka, miyembro ka na po,” Go said.

He encouraged students to take advantage of their PhilHealth insurance, which is granted by Republic Act 11223 or the Universal Health Care Law, signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases said that only fully vaccinated students with health insurance coverage are allowed to participate in in-person classes.

Universities and colleges in areas under said classification may conduct physical classes at full capacity.