The Negros Occidental provincial government has allotted P1.255 billion for the 2018 salaries of the existing personnel in its 11 hospitals, and the 1,335 additional employees that they need to hire this year, Provincial Budget Officer Percival Salado said yesterday.
The additional hospital employees required by the Department of Health need to be hired by March, or some of the provincial government-run hospitals could face DOH closure orders, he said.
There are 1,822 positions under the Hospital Operations Department of the provincial government which do not include causals, he said.
”All of these positions are fully funded and ready to be filled up. There is no obstacle with? regardsto finances that would prevent the governor from filling up these positions,” he said.
The provincial government has the funds to pay, the problem is in the slow hiring of the additional personnel by the Human Resource Management Office, he said.
The provincial government needs to comply with the DOH requirement on number of personnel, he said, pointing out that the health department will be inspecting the Negros hospitals in March.
“Warm bodies need to be in place and on duty at the hospital by Marchotherwise the DOH will deny our applications for hospital licensing”, Salado added.
If the DOH denies the applications for licensing because of lack of personnel, they will be forced to close the hospitals, Salado said.
The additional hospital personnel needed are 163 doctors, 372 nurses, 252 nursing attendants/midwives, 74 medical technologists, 52 pharmacist, 39 radiologic technologists, 13 – nutrition and dietetics technologists, 1 dentist, 28 – social welfare officers and 341 – administrative support staff, Leonardo Eusebio, Hospital Operations Department head, said.
Casuals and contractuals, especially with civil service eligibility, will be given priority for appointment to the available permanent positions, Salado also said.
AnabellePalic, Human Resource Management Office head, said the hiring of the needed personnel has been hampered by the lack of personnel at her office and new Civil Service Commission rules.
Palic said that while the plantilla positions at the Capitol are fully funded, they have to comply with new CSC rules enforced this year.
Even if there are jobs available, requests must be made by the department's concerned for the filling up of positions with the governor for approval. If there is no approval by the governor they cannot fill up the posts, she said.
Palic said her department can nolonger publish vacant positions on its website, it has to be done by the CSC under the new rules.
“When we request for publication the CSCalso cannot do it immediately as it is also has requests from so many other government agencies,” she said.
After CSC publication, they have to wait until after 15 days before they can begin assessing applications, Palic said.
For example, for five positions for nurses, sometimes the applicants reach 40 who will then have to undergo three examinations given by her department, Palic said.
These are the qualifying, personality and technical examinations, so if 40 applied that means 120 papers to be corrected, she said.
At present her office only has two persons to check the examination papers, she added, because the HR is under reorganization from an office to a department.
However, Salado has put the reorganization implementation on hold because he is waiting for the approval of the Department of Budget and Management, so they cannot hire additional personnel, Palic said.
Her office needs an additional 15 personnel, she said.*CPG
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