Dante Gierran vowed to bring back people’s trust and confidence on the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) as he took over as president and Chief Executive Office (CEO) of the embattled state insurance agency.

Gierran, former director of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), has been named by President Rodrigo Duterte to head the agency that is subject of a multi-pronged investigation into corruption by its top executives, including resigned president and CEO Ricardo Morales, involving an estimated P15 billion.

Gierran thanked Duterte for his new assignment and vowed to restore people’s confidence in PhilHealth.

Gierran, according to Duterte, is a lawyer and a certified public accountant who was former NBI regional director for Davao before he was appointed NBI director in 2016.

Duterte ordered Gierran to implement a major revamp and send those involved in the corruption to jail.

Gierran said he was “aghast” about the sorry state of the Philippine due to corruption “here and there”.

“All I have to do is to restore the trust and confidence of our people to PhilHealth,” Gierran said. “Senator Bong Go was telling I have to strike the balance between improving the services to the people and addressing the perennial issues of corruption in the PhilHealth.”

He described his new assignment as “huge mission” but as a good soldier “I’m the one (who) would not back out.” (with PNA report)

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