|WHEREAS, pursuant to Sec. 5 of P.D. No.
1597, s. 1978 (Further Rationalizing the System of Compensation and
Position Classification in the National Government), which continues to
be applicable in accordance with RA. No. 6758, s. 1989 (Prescribing a
Revised Compensation and Position Classification System in the
Government), all government employees may be granted allowances,
honoraria and other fringe benefits;
WHEREAS, keeping a healthy workforce is among the primary concerns of
the government considering that the physical well-being of its
employees has a significant impact on the efficiency and effectiveness
of public service delivery; and
WHEREAS, the Civil Service Commission also issued Memorandum Circular
No. 33 (s. 1997) which provides that all government agencies and
Government-Owned and/or-Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) shall provide,
among others, a health program for their employees which includes free
annual mental and medical-physical examinations.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, FIDEL V. RAMOS, President of the Republic of the
Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby
Section 1. Establishment of the Annual Medical
Check-up Program. — An annual medical check-up for government of
officials and employees is hereby authorized to be established starting
this year, in the meantime that this benefit is not yet integrated
under the National Health Insurance Program being administered by the
Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC).
Sec. 2. Coverage. — The medical check-up program
shall be granted to all permanent and temporary personnel of national
government agencies who have been in the service for at least one year
as of the effectivity of this Order. Excluded from the coverage,
however, are officials and employees who are already recipients of a
similar benefit or any supplementary medical allowance over and above
the Medicare benefits.
GOCCs, which do not offer a free medical check-up or any supplementary
medical allowance over and above the Medicare benefits shall also
establish a similar program for their employees.
Local Government Units are also encouraged to establish a similar
program for their personnel.
Sec. 3. Benefit Package. — Initial benefits for
employees who are below 40 years of age shall include the following:
Physical examination, Chest X-ray, Complete Blood Count (CBC),
Urinalysis and Stool Examination. Meanwhile, employees whose age is 40
years and above shall be entitled to the following: Physical
examination, Chest X-ray, Complete Blood Count (CBC), Urinalysis, Stool
Examination and ECG. Benefits may be increased upon the availability of
Sec. 4. Funding. — The National Government shall
provide the funds to cover the cost of the medical check-up of
officials and employees of national government agencies. Expenses for
the medical check up of personnel in GOCCs, undertaken pursuant to this
Order, shall be chargeable against the corporate funds of the
respective GOCCs. Local Government Units, which may establish a similar
medical program for their personnel, shall utilize local funds for the
Funds intended for the program shall be used only for the payment of
the cost of the check-up actually rendered.
Sec. 5. Program Administration. — This program
shall be administered by the Department of Health (DOH). The DOH shall
oversee the conduct of the medical check-up for all officials and
employees of the national government agencies and administer the funds
for the purpose.
Sec. 6. Implementing Rules and Regulations. — The
DOH, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the PHIC shall
jointly formulate and issue the implementing rules and regulations for
Sec. 7. Repealing Clause. — All laws, orders,
regulations, or parts thereof, inconsistent with the provisions of this
Order, are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
Sec. 8. Effectivity. — This Administrative Order
shall take effect immediately.
DONE in the City of Manila,
this 2nd day of June, in the year of our Lord, nineteen hundred and