Baguio health workers welcome end to contractualization


BAGUIO CITY — The Alliance of Health Workers Metro Baguio (AHW Metro Baguio) welcomes the president-elect Rodrigo Duterte‘s vow to end contractualization system of employment. The AHW Metro Baguio also supports the pronouncement of incoming Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III to target government agencies practicing contractualization.

According to Marc Mendiola, AHW Metro Baguio coordinator, there are almost 250 contractual health workers and nurses in Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) that are receiving only P300-P500 daily and do not have any benefits and security of tenure. He also mentioned that there are some contractual employees who have been working without change of status for three years or more.

“Ending contractualization in a government hospital would not only benefit health workers and nurses but also the patient’s welfare” he added. “For the incoming Duterte administration to fulfil its vow, it must firmly do two things. First, increase the budget allocation for health to 5% of the Gross Domestic Product so that government hospitals can create plantilla positions for health workers and nurses. Second instead of continuing Aquino’s neoliberal policies in support of foreign companies, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte must pursue a national industrialization program that would create economic stability and stable jobs in the country”.

Mendiola also stated “As we (health workers & nurses) welcome the incoming Duterte administration’s plan to end contractualization, we must continue educating, mobilizing, and organizing our ranks. In actual, it would be necessary to form AHW-BGHMC. History proves that AHW is the only steadfast and genuine health workers’ organization in asserting and promoting our economic and democratic rights and welfare.” #


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