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Dineros resigns as PhilHealth interim chief, says Ubial

By: - Reporter / @santostinaINQ
/ 08:25 PM April 10, 2017
Interim PhilHealth President and CEO Hildegardes Dineros (left) and Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial

Interim PhilHealth President and CEO Hildegardes Dineros (left) and Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial

Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) interim president and CEO Hildegardes C. Dineros resigned from his post Monday, according to Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial.

“He resigned! We elected Dr. Celestina Dela Serna, one of the Board Members as Interim PCEO in his place,” Ubial said in a text message to Inquirer.

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Dineros’ resignation was also confirmed by Dr. Israel Francis Pargas, senior manager at PhilHealth’s Corporate Communication Department.

His resignation came amid an apparent power struggle between him and Ubial.

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A source, who declined to be identified for lack of authority to speak to the media, said PhilHealth employees were supposed to wear black armbands on Monday as a sign of protest against Ubial.

Sought for comment about the alleged protest against her, Ubial said she is not aware of any.

“If there’s anyone saying false things and disrupting the work at PhilHealth, it’s Dineros! We did not oust him, he resigned,” Ubial said.

Ubial also said that Dineros was among the members of the PhilHealth Board who voted for Dela Serna as his replacement during an emergency meeting.

The Inquirer was still trying to contact Dineros for comment.

During his stint, Dineros ordered the reassignment of over 40 officers and personnel at PhilHealth, “in pursuit of enhanced and expedient delivery of services …”

But Ubial, in a memo, questioned Dineros’ authority to make appointments, or even reshuffle the staff at PhilHealth.

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