DO 5, s. 2017 – Compliance with the Mandatory Use of the Philhealth Electronic Premium Remittance System and Related Matters

January 18, 2017
DO 5, s. 2017
Compliance with the Mandatory Use of the Philhealth Electronic Premium Remittance System and Related Matters
To:      Undersecretaries
Assistant Secretaries
Bureau and Service Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents
Division Chiefs
Public Secondary School Heads
All Others Concerned
  1. In relation to the fulfillment of its mandate to establish an efficient premium collection mechanism and to maintain an updated membership and contribution database as stipulated in the National Health Insurance Act (Republic Act 7875), the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is requiring the use or adoption of the Electronic Premium Remittance System (EPRS) as the mode of preparation and submission/transmission of the Employer Remittance Report (RF-1) through the issuance of PhilHealth Circular (PC) Nos. 25, s. 2012 and 004-2015.
  2. The EPRS is an online platform designed to eliminate the manual system of updating employee list, premium remittance, and reporting of employee contributions to PhilHealth. Its utilization will enable members to maximize the benefits from PhilHealth, which includes member access to his/her up-to-date remittance information, removing the need for manual issuance of a Certification of Remittance of the member as the need arises.
  3. PC No. 004-2015 specifically requires the implementation of the following, effective the applicable period of April 2015:
 “1. On payment of premium contributions, all employers in the government and private sectors are strongly encouraged to pay at PhilHealth’s accredited collecting agents (ACAs) or through e-Payment facilities. With the continuous endeavor to improve its business processes, the corporation ensures a more efficient posting of premium payments.”
“2. On the reporting of premium payments, all employers in the Formal Economy shall adopt the EPRS as the mode of preparation and transmission of all remittance reports (RF-1). x x x”
  1.  Likewise, PhilHealth, through the issuance of PC No. 2016-0008, has instructed all ACAs to require employers to present their Statement of Premium Accounts (SPA) instead of  the PhilHealth Premium Payment Slip (PPPS) before accepting premium contribution payments. The SPA is generated by employers through their own accounts in the EPRS.
  2. In view of the foregoing, all Regional Chiefs, Administrative Division, and the Central Office Chief of Personnel Division, are directed to submit a consolidated report as of December 31, 2016 regarding the status of compliance to the aforementioned of their respective offices and implementing units (IUs).
  3. All concerned are also enjoined to identify all the issues that their offices have encountered in relation to the implementation of the EPRS of PhilHealth. Enclosed is a template of the report to be accomplished and submitted to the Office of the Undersecretary for Finance-Disbursements and Accounting through the Employee Account Management Division with email address: on or before February 3, 2017 (see Annex “A”).
  4. All DepEd IUs needing assistance in order to comply with the aforementioned must coordinate with the nearest PhilHealth Office. Please note that delayed employer remittances have corresponding interest and/or surcharges, the computation of which is shown in PC No. 019-2015.
  5. Immediate dissemination of and strict compliance with this Order is directed.


Reference: DepEd Memorandum No. 30, s. 2014
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