Roxas City hospital workers to walk out if salary not paid

Published September 29, 2021, 3:29 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY — Health workers of Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital (RMPH) in Capiz province may stage a walkout by October 5 if their salaries will not be paid by the end of the month.

“Our financial situation is already exhausting because we did not receive our monthly salary, even though we have already worked for it,” said the health workers in a letter to Dr. Edmarie Tormon, RMPH chief.

The doctors, nurses, nursing attendants, medical technologists, laboratory aids, molecular laboratory staff, and other personnel of the government hospital have not been paid since August 2021.

Personnel of the Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital (RMPH) in Roxas City, Capiz province stage a candlelight vigil urging for the release of their salaries. (Photo from Save RMPH/Manila Bulletin)

“We also have bills to pay, families to feed, children to provide for and daily necessities. Our savings are already been used up to the point that we have to scrounge for our transportation going to the hospital,”

The salary of hospital’s health workers and other staff could not be released since the Capiz Provincial Board will not approve the P47.5 million supplemental budget requested by Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras II.

“With this pandemic, political differences should be set aside,” Contreras told Manila Bulletin in a phone interview Wednesday, September 29.

The provincial legislative body questioned the need for a supplemental budget when RMPH supposedly still has funding left for the fiscal year.

The legislators also alluded to the presence of ghost employees at the provincial government’s main hospital.

But Contreras said that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the scenario and the provincial government did hire extra medical personnel to be able to continue services even when there are COVID-19 infections among hospital personnel or others have to undergo medical quarantine.

“Otherwise, RMPH cannot serve the people of Capiz who cannot afford to seek medical treatment at private hospitals because they cannot afford it,” Contreras pointed out.

While Contreras also urged RMPH personnel to have patience, the governor reiterated the appeal to the Capiz Provincial Board to spare the hospital personnel and the Capiznons who need medical treatment from political conflicts as the election season nears.

Contreras belongs to a family of medical doctors while he is a medical technologist by profession.