PPHA joins partners for Global Handwashing Day 2014

PPHA supports Global Handwashing Awareness Campaign

PPHA President Maluh Orezca joins partners for the Unilever-led Global Handwashing Awareness Campaign 2014

PPHA President Ms. Maluh Orezcah joins the pledge for the Global Handwashing Awareness campaign.  At the Mandaluyong City Elementary School, [Read more...]

New PPHA National Officers inducted

The newly-elected PPHA National Officers and Board Directors were inducted by the Hon. Enrique T. Ona, Secretary of Department of Health [Read more...]

82nd PPHA Annual Convention on July 23-24

The 82nd PPHA Annual Convention will be held on July 23-24, 2014 at the Manila Grand Opera Hotel.

You can download the official invitation here:  http://philpha.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Invitation_Letter.docx

 

 

Introducing PPHA Members Helpdesk

 

We aim to address your membership concerns and requests with great efficiency. With the helpdesk ticketing tool and knowledgebase we are simplying the way we connect and keep in touch together.

Here are just a few of the things you can now do with the new simplified PPHA Members Helpdesk:

1) Ask question tickets –  ask for membership and association information and get answers quickly

2) Submit documents – you can now submit membership forms and loan application (never been easier)

3) Download / request forms and documents –  you can request and quickly get to download needed documents

4) ID request – by sending us your photo and ID info, we can better get your information and send your ID faster

 

Yes, we are moving away from our Sharepoint site and deemed it appropriate to simplify everything to allow more people in our dynamic and constantly growing family.

So go check it out, register for your own access and we’ll be happy to help!

Click here to start: PPHA Members Helpdesk

UPDATE: PPHA class suit vs DOH, DBM, CSC

To all PPHA Members:
In connection with the Petition for Prohibition and Certiorari with prayer for TRO and/or Preliminary Injunction against respondents Secretaries Enrique Ona, Butch Abad, and CSC Chair Francisco Duque III which we filed at the Supreme Court on May 31, 2013, please be advised that said respondents requested for  additional period of thirty (30) days to file their respective comment or up to July 26, 2013. Unfortunately, they were not able to submit their answers within the extended period. Instead, they prayed for another sixty (60) days from July 31, 2013 to submit the same or until September 26, 2013. Since the respondents are government officials, the High Court granted their motions.
We are hopeful the High Court will grant us the TRO during the pendency of the case. In the meantime, Ang Nars Partylist represented by Rep. Leah Paquiz have expressed their support to our plight. She has promised to enlist the support of the Senate Committee on Health. We will be meeting her on August 16, 2013 at Davao City.
Please include our petition in your prayers. Thank you.
GIL G. CAWAD

President, PPHA

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

 

Download a PDF file of the announcement here: http://philpha.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/pphaannouncementoncase.pdf

PPHA files Supreme Court petition against DOH, DBM, and CSC

The Philippine Public Health Association, Inc.  filed in the Supreme Court a class suit against the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Health (DOH) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

The petition for prohibition, certiorari with application for preliminary injunction, seeks to highlight the plight of public health workers in the Philippines who are being adversely affected by recent joint circulars issued by the named respondent government agencies.

PPHA is the largest public health workers association in the Philippines that aims to promote and maintain a high standard of public health in the Philippines by, among others, promoting the rights and interests of its members and the thousands of public health workers, both in the local and the national government sectors.

“Benefits granted by law to these public health workers are being systematically denied them by  administrative fiats,” the petitioners argue in the 40-page petition filed this week in the Supreme Court.

The named petitioners are PPHA National Officers headed by GIL G. CAWAD (National President), MARIO BENEDICT P. GALON, DOMINGO E. LUSAYA, JEAN V. APOLINARES, MA. LUISA S. OREZCA, JULIO R. GARCIA, NESTOR M. INTIA, RUBEN C. CALIWATAN, ADOLFO Q. ROSALES, MA. LUISA NAVARRO, and the PPHA organization.

A copy of the draft petition can be found here: http://philpha.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/PPHA_petition_may_2013.pdf

 

URGENT MANIFEST TO DOH SECRETARY ENRIQUE T. ONA

WE, OFFICERS AND MEMBERS OF THE PHILIPPINE PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION, INC. STRONGLY VOICED OUT OUR OPPOSITION AND DISPLEASURE TO THE RECENTLY PASSED JOINT DBM-DOH CIRCULAR NO. 1 S. 2012 RE: MAGNA CARTA BENEFITS TO PUBLIC HEALTH WORKERS, THE SAME BEING UNCONSCIONABLE AND VIOLATIVE OF THE LAW.

UNDER JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 4 S. 2009 PASSED BY THE JOINT HOUSES OF CONGRESS ON JUNE 17, 2009 THE DEPARTMENT OF BUDGET AND MANAGEMENT (DBM), IN COORDINATION WITH THE AGENCIES CONCERNED, WAS GIVEN THE AUTHORITY TO DETERMINE THE QUALIFICATIONS, CONDITIONS, AND RATES IN THE GRANT OF SAID BENEFITS, TO THE EXCLUSION OF CONSULTATIVE COUNCILS, DEPARTMENTS, AND OFFICIALS PREVIOUSLY AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE THE IMPLEMENTING RULES AND REGULATIONS OF MAGNA CARTA BENEFITS.

HOWEVER, SAID RESOLUTION DIRECTED DBM TO ISSUE THE NECESSARY GUIDELINES, RULES AND REGULATIONS IN THE GRANT OF MAGNA CARTA BENEFITS WITHIN THE NINETY (90) DAY FROM ITS EFFECTIVITY BUT DBM FAILED TO COMPLY WITH THE SAME WITHIN THE PRESCRIBED PERIOD.

LIKEWISE, THE SAID JOINT CIRCULAR IS ALSO IN DIRECT CONTRAVENTION OF SECTION 37 OF RA 7305 AND ITEM 6, SUB PAR. B OF THE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 4 WHICH BOTH PROHIBITS ALTERATION OR DIMINUTION OF BENEFITS ALREADY RECEIVED OR HAVE YET TO BE IMPLEMENTED.

AS A GOOD FATHER OF THE HEALTH SECTOR, WE URGE YOU TO RECALL THE SAID JOINT DBM-DOH CIRCULAR NO. 1 AND FULLY IMPLEMENT THE PROVISIONS OF THE MAGNA CARTA FOR PUBLIC HEALTH WORKERS OR RA 7305 WHICH WAS APPROVED ON MARCH 26, 1992.

WE LAMENT THAT SINCE THE PASSAGE OF THE MAGNA CARTA ACT 20 YEARS AGO, THE BENEFITS SAVE FOR SUBSISTENCE AND LAUNDRY ALLOWANCE (SLA) HAVE YET TO BE INCORPORATED IN THE GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT (GAA).  THUS, GRANT OF SAID BENEFITS IS STILL SUBJECT TO SAVINGS UP TO THE PRESENT.

THUS, WE APPEAL TO YOUR SOUND JUDGMENT AND KIND HEART TO GRANT THESE BENEFITS IMMEDIATELY IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW.

To download a copy of this manifest, please click here.

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APPEAL TO THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH FOR THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MAGNA CARTA BENEFITS OF PUBLIC HEALTH WORKERS

BOD RESOLUTION NO. 15 S. 2012

Whereas,  the PPHA was organized by the health workers in 1932 and duly registered before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with membership coming from the retained and devolved health workers including the BHWs in the country ;

 

Whereas, the declared  policy of the PPHA is to promote the welfare of all its members regardless of gender, creed, religion, or appointment, status of employment, socio-economic class and geographical location ;

 

Whereas, the passage of the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers or R.A. 7305 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 health workers’ well being with enhancement in delivery of health services ;

 

Whereas, the Secretary of Health was vested with the authority to formulate and prepare the necessary rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this Act in consultation with appropriate agencies of the Government as well as professional and health workers organizations or unions in accordance with Section 35 thereof until the passage of Joint Resolution No. 4 approved by the Congress of the Philippines on June 17, 2009;

 

Whereas, since the passage of the said Act in 1992, there were several issuances by the department with respect to the payment of the benefits which were being enjoyed by all health workers including some of the LGUs ;

 

Whereas, the Secretary of Health is mandated to submit annually the necessary budgetary estimates to implement the provisions of  this Act in staggered basis of implementation of the proposed benefits within a period of five (5) years. Budgetary estimates for the succeeding years should be reviewed and increased accordingly by the Health Secretary in consultation with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Congressional Commission on Health (HEALTHCOM) pursuant to Section 38 thereof ;

 

Whereas, DOH annually submits the budgetary estimates in line with the rates prescribed under the National Budget Management (NBM) Circulars to include payment of subsistence allowance in the amount of P30.00/day and laundry allowance of P130.00/month without budget provision for hazard pay and longevity pay which are all  inconsistent with what is mandated in said Act.  Thus, the payment of  the magna carta benefits are augmented from any available savings of the respective offices and subject to the approval by the DBM.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, it is resolved by the board of directors to make an Appeal to the Honorable Secretary of Health, Dr. Enrique T. Ona, namely :

 

1. To stand up for the welfare of the health workers as the father of the family. The health workers are the most valuable asset  in the organization  who shall carry out the mission and vision statements of the department with the highest degree of excellence and accountability.

 

2. To prepare the budget for all the magna carta benefits in accordance with the requirements set forth under the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers or R.A. 7305 and disregard the said NBM circulars being illegal and unconscionable.

 

3. To lobby the DBM for the inclusion of the prepared Magna Carta budget as line item in the GAA 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 regarding the Prohibition Against Elimination and /or Diminution and 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.’’ And the Joint House Resolution No. 4 specifically under item 6, sub.par. b which provides : ‘‘Nothing in the Joint Resolution shall be interpreted to reduce, diminish or, in any way, alter the benefits provided for in existing laws on Magna Carta benefits for specific officials and employees in government, regardless of whether said benefits have been already received or have yet to be implemented.’’

 

In fine, we appeal to your act of kindness and understanding. Give what is rightfully and legally due to the health workers in the interest of the service.

 

 

06 June 2012.

 

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July 26, 2012

 

 

HIS EXCELLENCY BENIGNO C. AQUINO

President

                        Republic of the Philippines

                        Malacanang, Manila

 

 

Dear Mr. President:

 

Please be furnished a copy of  Board Resolution No. 15 s. 2012 dated July 26, 2012 regarding our appeal to DOH Sec. Enrique T.

Ona with respect to the full implementation of the Magna Carta Benefits of Public Health Workers (R.A. 7305) in the government service.

 

In this regard, kindly give this your preferential attention.

 

 

Very respectfully yours,

By the authority of the President

 

Signed

MA. LUISA S. OREZCA

Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signed

ATTY. ALEXIS C. ALBAO

 

 

Signed                                      Signed

DR. TITA N. CALLUENG          DR. LUISA B. EFREN

 

Signed                                               Signed

GIL G. CAWAD                          MA. LUISA S. OREZCA

 

Signed                                             Signed

JULIO GARCIA                          NESTOR  M. INTIA

 

Signed                                              Signed

MA. LUISA  NAVARRO            ALFREDO BARING

 

Signed                                          Signed

JEAN V. APOLINARES             MA. LIDUVINA DORION

 

Signed

JAIME GUERERO                     DR. HUBERTO LAPUS

 

 

 

ADOLFO Q. ROSALES, JR.

 

Signed

ANNA AURORA GRACITA B. REMOLAR