APPEAL TO THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH DR. ENRIQUE T. ONA

APPEAL TO THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH DR. ENRIQUE T. ONA FOR THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MAGNA CARTA BENEFITS FOR HEALTHWORKERS OR R.A. 7305

 

In behalf of the health workers in the government service, we would like to bring to your kind attention our sentiments, namely :

 

1.         The passage of R.A. No. 7305 or the  Magna Carta of Public Health Workers in 1992 was a positive development for the health sector since it preserves the distinction of  health workers among other categories of government employees and linking the improvement in the well-being of the workers with enhancement of delivery of   health services.

2.         Since the enactment of the said law, there were several issuances by the department with regards to the payment of some of the Magna Carta Benefits which were being  enjoyed by all health  workers in the national government and some of  local government units until both Houses of Congress passed the  General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2012.

3.         Section 41 of the GAA states that payment of Magna Carta benefits of  public health workers in the government shall be limited to the  appropriations authorized for the purpose. Augmentation thereof shall be taken from any available savings of the agency subject to the approval of the DBM.

4.         Accordingly, your office issued Department Memorandum No. 2012-0181 stopping the immediate payment of augmentation of hazard pay, laundry and subsistence allowance until the DBM Approves the use of sourced savings.

5.         While we do not begrudge your action to stop payment of the augmentation of said benefits in compliance with the GAA, nonetheless, it has caused financial crisis and instability among  the ranks and  their   families which led to their low morale and demoralization affecting the delivery of quality health services to the people.

 

In view of the said developments, the officers and members of the association earnestly appeal to the good secretary to undertake the following:

 

1.         To stand up for the welfare of the health workers being the father of the family. They are the  Most Valuable Asset in the organization.

2.         To prepare the budget for the FULL IMPLEMENTATION of the Magna Carta benefits in accordance with the said Act and its IRR and disregard parts of National Budget Circular No. 112 dated 29 December 2011related to magna carta budget being illegal and unconscionable.

3.         To lobby the DBM for the inclusion of the prepared Magna Carta budget AS LINE ITEM IN THE GAA effective 2014 and onwards in keeping with the legal mandate which is long overdue. It is noteworthy of mention that the DBM had already  issued a Circular to the Local Chief Executives directing the latter to include in their annual budget the provision of the magna carta benefits for their health workers.

4.         To bring to your attention the provisions of Section  37 of said Act regarding the Prohibition Against Elimination and /or Diminutionand we quote : ‘‘Nothing in this   law shall be construed to eliminate or in any way diminish benefits being enjoyed by Public Health Workers at the time of the effectivity of the Act.’’

 

In fine, give what is rightfully an legally due to the health workers in the interest of the service.

 

ATTY. ALEXIS C. ALBAO, MD, MHA, CSEE
President
TITA N. CALLUENG, MD
Vice President for Luzon

LUISA B. EFREN, MD

Vice President for Visayas

MR. GIL G. CAWAD

Vice President for Mindanao

MS. MA. LUISA S. OREZCA

Secretary

MR. JULIO R. GARCIA

Asst. Secretary

 

MR. NESTOR M. INTIA

Treasurer

 

MA. LUISA NAVARRO, DMD, DDPH

Asst. Treasurer

 

ANNA AURORA GRACITA B. REMOLAR

Auditor

 

MR. ALFREDO M. BARING, MPA

Business Manager

 

JEAN V. APOLINARES, PhD

Public Relations Officer

Board of Directors

MA. LIDUVINA DORION, MD, MPH

MR. JAIME N. GUERRERO

ADOLFO Q. ROSALES, JR, MD

HUBERTO F. LAPUZ, MD

Comments

  1. zenaida says:

    Go! Go! PPHA ….. we are behind u. its been 13 years but nothing had been funded in our Magna Carta. And now, they are suspending the agencies’ initiative in fulfilling the new rates of these 2 primary benefits – the subsistence and laundry allowance! Instead of giving a new development, they are like dumping the essence of our Magna Carta.

    Let us unite!

  2. Maria crislil Nina m. Costo says:

    thank you for this opportunity to post my observations…we hope that the 5% of my salary as hazard pay be given if our salary will increase as required by the law…. Now we’re receiving 31k basic salary, meaning my hazard pay is 1500approximately..as a doctor and the frontliners of the hospital, is my hazard pay enough???? What do you think?….

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