Gaane cmte acts on 8888 complaint

THE concern of an anonymous caller aired through 8888 Citizen’s Complaint Hotline against Puerto Community Hospital was tackled yesterday by the City Council committee on health, sanitation and health insurance chaired by Councilor Maria Lourdes S. Gaane.

This is in relation to the delayed salary and benefits of employees of the said hospital.


The complaint was received by the City Legal Office from the Office of the President Rodrigo Duterte through the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and was endorsed to the committee for appropriate action.


During the discussion yesterday, a representative of the hospital claimed that their salary for June 1 to 15, 2018 was delayed for eight days because the owner of the hospital, who is the signatory of the check, was out of town that time.


He said it was the first time that it happened. It is usually released every 5th and 20th of the month, he said.

He also clarified that employees regularly receive their benefits such as free hospitalization including the direct dependents and monthly contribution of PhilHealth, PAG-IBIG Fund and SSS.


Aside from the concern on the delayed salary, the anonymous caller complained that they have not received their 13th month pay and holiday salary.

According to the representative of the hospital, the 13th month pay depends on the approval of the management since the owner is residing in Arizona, USA. However, he said, employees will receive 13th month benefit every first week of December.


“But sometimes if enough ang funding, quarterly among release of the benefit”, he said.


He informed the committee that the holiday pay was also delayed because of the approval of the owner but it was released on June 28, 2018 with the salary.


Councilor Gaane advised the management of the hospital to release the salaries and benefits of the employees every 5th and 20th of the month, as normally done.


The committee also requested the management of the hospital to submit supporting documents to the City Legal Office for a resolution which will be submitted to the Office of the President. (JBD)