Did PhilHealth really have to give rice and transportation allowance to its employees?
The Governance Commission for Government Owned and Controlled Corporations (GCG) is looking into the matter following a Commission on Audit (COA) report which found that rice and transportation allowances should not have been given to Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) employees.
In an interview with ANC's Headstart, GCG Spokesperson Paolo Salvosa said that while Philhealth followed the rules in giving some P1.448 billion in bonuses and allowances to its officials and employees last year, the GCG would still have to evaluate COA's findings.
Salvosa, however, clarified that the disputed allowances given to PhilHealth employees are not performance-based incentives.
The GCG earlier said bonuses and incentives given to officers of another GOCC, the Social Security System (SSS), are all justified.
The SSS came under fire earlier for giving its board of directors and employees more than P200 million in performance-based incentives in 2012. The firm is set to implement an increase in contributions from its members in 2014 to prolong the life of the fund for 4 years.
According to Salvosa, out of 123 GOCCs being monitored by the GCG, only 50 were allowed to give bonuses for officers and employees, while only 20 were allowed to grand bonuses to board members.
Salvosa also urged the public to go to the GCG website to look at the GOCC scorecards.
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