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‘Fingers crossed’ on Tuguegarao hospital’s Philhealth re-accreditation – De Guzman

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Vice Mayor Bienvenido De Guzman II said officials of the city government have their fingers crossed on the Philhealth re-accreditation of Tuguegarao City People’s General Hospital (TCPGH).

In a press conference at the city hall on Wednesday night, September 7, De Guzman, who earlier in the day turned over mayor duties to reinstated Mayor Jefferson Soriano, said Philhealth Central administration in Manila has invited the city for a dialogue.

“Magdasal lang tayo, maibabalik at maibabalik din yan kasi hindi naman po natin kinunsinti yung mga gumawa ng kalokohan [sa PGH],” De Guzman said.

“Hindi naman yan kasalanan ng mga taongbayan and it is unfair sa mga less fortunate na sila ang nagsa-suffer,” he added.

He also said that they have entered a memorandum of agreement with Philhealth and that the city has been helping the agency in collecting premiums from members.

PhilHealth Region 2 earlier this year refused to re-accredit TCPGH for allegedly hosting ghost patients that already cost the agency P6 million.

Proving that no toleration was done, De Guzman said criminal case has been filed to Marites Attaban and doctor Christopher Ian Cabalza, the alleged masterminds behind the anomalies in TCPGH.

The city has yet to determine the individuals’ whereabouts, who earlier denied the allegations and claimed they were innocent.

Meanwhile, Mayor Soriano said the city government plans to upgrade the hospital by adding medical clinics and doctor’s offices in its second and third floors. Northernforum.net

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