Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan has “serious misgivings” about the appointment of former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) director Dante Gierran as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth).
In a statement Tuesday (September 1), Pangilinan noted Gierran’s lack of experience as a public health professional.
“There is also a question regarding his qualifications considering his lack of experience in the lack of public health that Malacanang chose to ignore,” he said, adding that Gierran’s predecessor, Ricardo Morales, wasn’t well versed in public health.
Under Section 14 of the Universal Health Care Law, the president and CEO of PhilHealth must have “at least seven years of experience in the field of public health, management, finance and health economics or a combination of any of these expertise.”
Pangilinan said what was needed at Philhealth was a “more wholistic approach rather than a simplistic law enforcement approach” to the problems hounding the state health insurer.
“For the sake of Philhealth, my serious misgivings notwithstanding, I hope he succeeds where others have failed,” he said.