The National Youth Commission (NYC) is seeking assistance from former Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go regarding the health insurance of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials.
According to Republic Act No. 10742 or the SK Reform Act of 2015, SK officials are entitled to be provided with free Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) coverage by the national government. However, the NYC reports that youth leaders elected last year have still not yet been updated regarding their health benefits.
“It’s in the law. It’s almost nine months since their assumption to office, but no update yet from the PhilHealth,” said NYC Commissioner Victor del Rosario.
Del Rosario said that the NYC is turning to former SAP Bong Go to relay the concerns of the SK to PhilHealth officials and President Duterte. According to the commissioner, Go can help their appeal for immediate action and push for proper implementation of RA 10742.
“We need an IRR (Implementing Rules and Regulations) para maitupad nang maayos ang batas na iyan (to implement the law properly),” said del Rosario.
Earlier this month, the NYC through its chair Ronald Caderma thanked Go for his instrumental role in the release of the guidelines on the appropriation, release, planning and budgeting process for the SK funds.
Go was even presented with NYC Resolution No. 44, sponsored by Commissioner del Rosario and adopted on Sept. 25, 2018, which recognized his significant contributions to the development of the nation’s youth. The formal presidential aide thanked the NYC for the recognition, but ultimately refused to receive it.
Go said that, like President Duterte, he is not keen on receiving commendations for his work as he only did his job as a civil servant.
The NYC is a government agency mandated to advocate for the Filipino youth and specifically address issues surrounding them.