MERGE Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia appealed to BOLMSH and PhilHealth representatives to explore all avenues to prevent a disruption of healthcare services and loss of jobs in a meeting he called last night*

BOLMSH holds off closure

The Bacolod Our Lady of Mercy Specialty Hospitalis holding off closure for one more month.

The BOLMSH will stay open until July 30 instead of shutting down today, Dr. Nestor Amante, president and chief executive officer of BOLMSH-Negros Healthcare Management Systems Inc., said last night.

Amante said he agreed to hold off closing the hospital after a dialog with Philippine Health Insurance Corp. executives, led by regional vice president Lourdes Diocson, at the Bacolod Government Center last night, that was arranged by Mayor Evelio Leonardia. moremoremore

More private hospitals
may close – Jimenez

More private hospitals may close down if the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. fails to hasten payment of about P6 billion, Dr. Rustico Jimenez, president of the Private Hospitals Association of the Philippines Inc., said yesterday.

PhilHealth is paying, but it is too slow, and too low to be considered it as payment, he said.

Jimenez, who was in Bacolod for his association’s Visayas Regional Management Seminar, said they have 900 private-hospital members around the country of which two – one in Bicol and another in Quezon –have already closed because of the slow PhilHealth payment. moremoremore


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RTWPB 6 waiting for approval
to implement new wage order

The head of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board said yesterday that they are still waiting for the approval of both the National Wages and Productivity Commission and Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello before the wage order will be implemented in Western Visayas.

RTWPB Chair Johnson Cañete in a phone interview yesterday that he has not yet received any confirmation from the NWPC regarding the approval of the Wage Order no. 24 for region 6.

This new wage order, announced by RTWPB in June will increase the daily minimum wage rates in the whole region, by P13.50 and P41.50 for all types of workers.