Hazardous

Quirino health workers decry unpaid benefits

CABARROGUIS, Quirino–Health workers in this province are up in arms against the non-payment by the provincial government of their hazard pay, while denouncing local politicians for their supposed reckless spending of public funds.

The provincial chapter of the Alliance of Health Workers (AHW) here on Monday slammed the alleged apathy shown by the provincial leadership for their failure to settle unpaid benefits of about 300 health workers.

Dr. Reynald Narbarte, president of AHW Quirino said their members are demanding the hazard pay that they are supposed to receive, as mandated by Republic Act 7305 or the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers.

Under the law, government employees in the health sector are entitled to at least 25-percent of their monthly salary as hazard allowance.

He expressed regret that instead of prioritizing the payment of the health workers’ benefits, Gov. Dakila Carlo Cua and provincial board members, and other officials have been allocating millions of funds for other “less important” expenditures.

“We have always included the payment of these benefits every time we submit to the board our proposed budget but, unfortunately, these would always be slashed from the approved funding,” the AHW president said.

Narbarte cited the P88 million that was supposedly earmarked as the governor’s discretionary fund, P3 million of which is reportedly allocated for the conduct of medical missions.

He criticized the governor’s activities, saying these were being merely used as “pogi points” (political grandstanding), and are sources of corruption by unscrupulous officials.

“They could just have used the money to improve hospitals, which are dire need of medicines and supplies. The sick people are in these hospitals, so why don’t (officials) pour the money there instead?” Narbarte said.

The provincial government operates the Quirino Provincial Hospital here, Maddela District Hospital and Aglipay District Hospital in Maddela and Aglipay towns, respectively.

According to Jenny Donelo, the group’s representative to the AHW national council, Cua’s medical missions were “impractical” as many of these were conducted even among villagers who had easy access to government hospitals.

“Since the passage of the (law) in 1992, health workers of the Quirino provincial government have not received our hazard pay, while our politicians are busy spending millions for medical missions. We believe, these so-called medical caravans are impractical because if they really want to help us, they could have tried to be at least conservative in their spending,” said Donelo.

Sought for comment, Cua said the provincial government is trying its best to give the workers their due compensation as frontliners of the province’s medical program.

“In our latest dialogue, we arrived at an understanding that their much-deserved request will be prioritized on the next (passage of a) supplemental budget (by the provincial board),” he said.

He also defended the medical missions: “(These) are bringing the much needed health program closer to the people. Our poor brothers and sisters in Quirino have just as much right to be served by (their) government,” he said.

Asked why it has taken the provincial government more than 10 years to consider the payment of hazard pay to its health workers, Cua said: “That question will be best answered by the past governors.”

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8 thoughts on “Hazardous

  1. I think you should practice RESPONSIBLE journalism and verify your facts first before publishing these libelous and slanderous comments. That’s the problem with the media nowadays. All they want is to sell their newspapers without delivering the truth to the people. This is the reason why our country will never move forward and will remain a third world because the media writes what sells and not the truth as they claim. Even if you are just quoting someone, if you publish something untrue then you are liable for it. Verify your facts and rewrite this article.

  2. First, I also think it is incumbent upon Mr/Ms. Persia to point out which statement(s) in the story he/she thinks is/are “IRRESPONSIBLE”, “LIBELOUS” and “SLANDEROUS”.

    After that, he/she can initiate the filing of a formal complaint for defamation or libel or irresponsible reporting for such statements. Without such, his/her comments are just plain rhetoric–or worse, just blabber.

    It is unfortunate that he/she blames the media for our country’s miseries, that the media is reporting untrue stories, and not rather scrutinize politicians’ deeds. The statements may be painful and scathing for some government workers (public servants, as they are described by the Civil Service law), but that’s the essence of the constitutional imposition on the accountability of public officers. It is public interest that justifies this criticism.

    I dare Mr/Ms Persia to first have an honest-to-goodness talk with the health workers before he/she makes IRRESPONSIBLE sweeping statements against this writer, and the media as a whole. One thing is certain: I will stand by my story, and will NEVER twist and rewrite it just to suit the commenter’s whims, until he/she can prove its falsehood, or until my sources retract their complaints.

    That is the problem with some people: they are so fanatic with some politicians that they would rather lambaste the media who ventilate the common tao’s complaints. What a shame.

  3. Why don’t you go to Quirino and talk to the health workers yourself? Why not talk to the cited interviewees first?

    Sue me? “Virgie”, I say bring ’em on.. I dare you or anyone who can assail this story and prove it to be untrue and malicious to sue me.

    You’re scaring me. 🙂

  4. always right hey never wrong i dont think so even the mighty can fall poor honeychile its a shame for you are so porgi

  5. bakit ngayon lang nagrereklamo ang mga health workers na yan kung kailan bago lang governor? dapat ginawa na nila yan nung panahon pa ni bacani.

    for your information kasi ngayon ang purchasing ng mga gamot ay hindi na pinamamahala sa ospital meaning ito ay ginagawa na ng provincial admin office (sa mura at tamang halaga–hep,hep,hep! bago kayo mag comment, OO SIGURADO AKO MAY KITA ANG NAMAMALAKAD NITO pero ganun pa man, kung ibe-verify nyo ito ay tama lang [hindi overpricing] ang presyo ng gamot na binabayad ng capitolyo sa supplier).

    alam ko isa ito sa hinihimutok ng mga opisyal ng mga health workers kasi nawalan sila ng kita. eh bakit nung sila ang gumagawa ng lahat ng purchasing ay wala naman tayong naririnig na reklamo? at mind you, sigurado ba tayong mura ang gamot nila (hindi ano? overpricing!) at heto pa, sigurado ba tayong talagang may delivery yung mga gamot nila? uso yata diyan ang GHOSH DELIVERY baka hindi nyo alam? at ang masakit nito WALANG NAGREREKLAMO kasi lahat sila KUMIKITA.

    taxpayer din ako at isa lang akong private citizen at malaki ang binabayad kong buwis sa gobyerno at masakit para sa akin ang magbayad ngunit wala akong magawa dahil obligasyon ko ito bilang isang mabuting mamamayan.

    kaya kayong mga tiga ospital gumising na nga kayo? wag na kayong makipaglokohan pa sa mga sarili ninyo. kilala ko kayo matagal na. kumot lang na tig P150 pag kayo ang nag supply ay nagiging P500? sino ngayon ang CORRUPT ha? sige magsalita kayo dito ng magkaaalaman na.

    wala akong pinapanigang pulitiko dahil wala naman akong makukuha sa mga yan pero dapat naman kilalanin ninyo kung sino dapat ang panagutin nyo sa sinapit ng inyong mga benefits. PURO KAYO DADA!

    BIAS ang reporting na ito sa totoo lang. Tama lang na ilabas mo lahat pero both side dapat, hindi yung kitang-kita sa mga report mo kung sino lang ang gusto mong maging BIDA.

  6. Quote: [It is unfortunate that he/she blames the media for our country’s miseries, that the media is reporting untrue stories, and not rather scrutinize politicians’ deeds. The statements may be painful and scathing for some government workers (public servants, as they are described by the Civil Service law), but that’s the essence of the constitutional imposition on the accountability of public officers. It is public interest that justifies this criticism.]

    Ok with that, now, as a bona fide Quirinian I also dare you to scrutinize the way the how QPH administration and health workers perform their duties and how they deliver their services to the poorest of the poor of Quirino. Talk to the people (specially the patients) and you will get the true picture and if you did, please feel free to write it here, ok? Thank you!

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