Announcement: PPHA has filed a class suit

From the National President

 

Please be informed that the PPHA has filed a class suit (Petition for Prohibition and Certiorari with application for Preliminary Injunction) before the Supreme Court on May 31, 2013 against Secretaries Florencio Abad of DBM, Enrique T. Ona of DOH and CSC Chair Francisco T. Duque.

The suit seeks to set aside the implementation of the following:

1. DBM-DOH Joint Circular No. 1 s. 2012 dated 29 November 2012 with the title “Rules and Regulations on the Grant of Compensation-Related Magna Carta benefits to Public Health Workers.”

2. CSC-DBM Joint Circular s. 2012 dated 09 September 2012 with subject “Rules and Regulations on the Grant of Step Increment Due to Meritorious Performance and Longevity Pay Due to Length of Service.” We believe these administrative circulars were issued in excess of their respective jurisdictions, with grave abuse of discretion as it did not pass the substantive procedural requirement of publication and consultation.

The suit also seeks the high court to direct the DOH Secretary to include in his yearly budget proposal the necessary budgetary estimate for all the Magna Carta Benefits establish by law consistent with the rates of the Magna Carta Benefits under the 1999 RIRR.

Let us pray that the High Court would issue a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and/or a Writ of Preliminary Injunction enjoining respondents from implementing the assailed joint circulars, and after due hearings, the Honorable Court would render a decision setting aside the said circulars.

Thank you.

 

GIL G. CAWAD
PPHA National President

 

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