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