‘Allow newly-hired healthcare workers to depart,’ coalition urges IATF

Published April 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Leslie Aquino

Newly-hired healthcare workers should be allowed to depart.

FFW President Sonny Matula (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Atty. Sonny Matula, chairperson of Nagkaisa Labor Coalition (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We believe that the temporary ban on those seeking employment for the first time is wrong and uncalled for,” NAGKAISA Labor Coalition Chairman Sonny Matula said in a statement.

The coalition made the plea as it welcomed the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) for the lifting of the deployment ban on health workers with existing contracts.

“Apart from curtailing their constitutional right to abode and right to movement, we are, in effect, denying people in other lands from meeting their own needs when we ourselves are not properly availing the services of our own health workers,” he added.

Matula said to work here or abroad should be the health workers’ decision.

The government, he said should set a good example by offering them opportunities to work with dignity.

“It appears that government is only offering them contractual jobs (COS), or worse, is recruiting them as volunteers,” said Matula.

The group reiterated its demand that the public health system hire more full time health workers and provide them with proper compensation.

The IATF on Monday recommended the lifting of the deployment ban imposed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) for 14 medical occupations.