President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has named Emmanuel Rufino Ledesma Jr. as the acting president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth).
Ledesma took his oath on Thursday before Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin, according to a press statement from Malacañang. He replaced his predecessor Eli Dino Santos.
Aside from being PhilHealth chief, Ledesma is also a member of PhilHealth’s expert panel and board of directors. H used to be president and CEO of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM).
Rear Adm. Toribio Adaci Jr. on Thursday meanwhile officially assumed as the Philippine Navy’s (PN) flag-officer-in-command. He replaced Rear Adm. Caesar Bernard Valencia, who served in an acting capacity following the retirement of Vice Adm. Adeluis Bordado last September 9.
Before being named to the Navy’s top post, he served as commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao and skippered four naval ships aside from commanding various naval task forces during his long career.
“As your Navy we are directly involved in preserving and protecting our country’s maritime interest. We will adhere to and stand with the position of our Commander-in-Chief regarding our rights in the West Philippine Sea and the seas all over our archipelago. We will protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity at all times,” he added.
“We are already sustaining the policy priorities of our predecessors according to our Philippine Navy Sail Plan 2028. The modernization of hardware focuses on field specialization, automation, and inculcation of a modern mindset in our navy personnel,” Adaci said.
The PhilHealth is mandated to administer the National Health Insurance Program which aims to provide health insurance coverage and ensure affordable, acceptable, available, and accessible healthcare services for all Filipinos.
Under the proposed national budget for 2023, the government has allocated over P100 billion for the insurance program to ensure affordable and inclusive healthcare.
In February 2019, then-President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11223 or the Universal Health Care Act (UHC) making all Filipino citizens automatically enrolled in the government’s insurance program.
RA 11223 aims to provide health insurance coverage and ensure affordable, acceptable, available, and accessible healthcare services for all Filipinos.