CARITAS MANILA, its logo and office were mistakenly used in a news report 2 days ago announcing the cease and desist order issued by the Insurance Commission (IC) on Caritas Health Shield due to alleged fraud.

The report said that IC has ordered Caritas Health Shield to stop selling and transacting new Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) products and businesses. The said order is being backed by the Association of Health Maintenance Organizations of the Philippines saying that they are welcoming IC’s timely issuance of the order in the interest of the buying public.

Meanwhile, the news report incident 2 days ago has caused to resurface the issues surrounding the confusion between Caritas Manila and Caritas Health Shield. In an official statement, Caritas Manila mentioned that they have already resorted to legal action and that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has actually ordered Caritas Health Shield to remove and replace “Caritas” from its corporate name.

Here’s The Official Statement from Caritas Manila:

“The recent news about Caritas Health Shield has again led to erroneous public perception that Caritas Manila is related to Caritas Health Shield.  Our logo and office site were even mistakenly shown by a news network while delivering the news report about Caritas Health Shield. 

This is to inform the public once more that Caritas Manila is NOT connected with Caritas Health Shield. Owing to the confusion brought about by the similarity in corporate names, Caritas Manila was constrained to resort to legal action and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has in fact already ordered  Caritas Health Shield to remove and replace “Caritas” from its corporate name. 

Caritas Manila is a non-profit organisation devoted to helping the poor. It does not and has never engaged in the health care business for profit, as such activity goes against the very spirit of its objectives.”

First known as Catholic Charities, CARITAS MANILA was established by the late Archbishop of Manila Rufino Cardinal Santos on October 1, 1953 as a social welfare program “for uplifting the spirit and soul of the unfortunate members of our community, to assist them in all their needs, and to bring the help of God in their miseries and distress.”

CARITAS MANILA today is a non-profit organization that serves as the lead social service and development ministry of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. It serves the 13 vicariates of the Archdiocese of Manila, provides technical assistance to parish social services and development ministries, and acts as catalyst for capacity-building and networking for five other Metro Manila dioceses.

Their main programs includes: YSLEP (Youth Scholarship Program), Segunda Mana (Donations In-Kind Program), Damayan (Community Well-being and Disaster Management Program) and Caritas Margins (Social Enterprise for the Poor).

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