A House leader has pushed for mandatory Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) coverage plus
other benefits, such as 20 percent discounts on selected goods and services and value added tax-free
privileges for kids up to the age of 12 of families who earn P250,000 per year.
Camarines Sur Rep. LRay Villafuerte, one of the vice chairmen of the House Committee on
Appropriations, said his proposal will complement the personal income tax exemptions under the
proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion Act (TRAIN).
“Government support for its young citizens is imperative, especially during their formative
years, in order for them to grow up into fully-equipped adult citizens,” Villafuerte said.
“This bill aims to ease the financial burden of the parents whose annual income is below
P250,000. It is especially important to children from disadvantaged areas, where access to healthcare
services is low or limited to private institutions,” said Villafuerte in filing House Bill (HB) No.
6041 or “Junior Citizens Act.”
“All junior citizens shall be covered by PhilHealth and shall therefore be automatic
PhilHealth members until they reach the age of 12, regardless of the family income,” added
HB No. 6041 is the counterpart version of Senator Grace Poe’s Junior Citizen bill in the