Negros Occidental Human Resource Management Officer Anabelle Palic yesterday debunked the claim that some of the 11 provincial government hospitals could face closure if vacant positions are not filled by March.
The hospital employees required by the Department of Health need to be hired by March, or some of the provincial government-run hospitals could face closure orders, Provincial Budget Officer Jose Percival Salado Jr. maintained yesterday.
Palic said only three provincial government-run hospitals have signed memorandums of understanding with the DOH for compliance and the positions needed can be filled by then.
Leonardo Eusebio, Hospital Operations Department head, earlier said there are 1,335 vacant positions that need to be filled in the 11 hospitals.
The provincial government is doing everything to meet the DOH requirements given to them last year yet, Eusebio said.
If the provincial government is not able to comply with all personnel needs by March they will appeal for a DOH extension, he added.
There isa lack of doctors to be hired, especially for the hospitals in Sipalay and Hinobaan, he said.
If there are doctors who would like to work for the provincial government, we are urging them to please submit their applications because they are needed, Eusebio said.
Salado said it was not the budget for the vacant posts that was the problem, it was the slow hiring of additional personnel.
The Negros Occidental provincial government has allotted P1.255 billion for the 2018 salaries of the existing personnel in its 11 hospitals, and the additional employees needed, he said.
Palic said the Human Resource Management Office records show that the Hospital Operations Division does not lack 1,335 personnel, there are only 890 vacant positions.
Palic said that, as of Dec. 31, 2017 the total number of vacant positions of the entire provincial government was 1,303.
While her office is working to fast track the filling of the vacant posts, she said the new Civil Service Commission rules, lack of personnel and computers are factors that they have to face.*CPG
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