Doctors, nurses file criminal, admin raps vs SSS exec

November 10, 2012 12:23 am 

By Perfecto Raymundo

MANILA, Nov. 9 — Medical specialists and nurses from the Social Security System Friday filed criminal and administrative complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against SSS president and chief executive Officer Emilio De Quiros, Jr. for allegedly depriving them of their Magna Carta benefits after they were declared not public health workers.

In their 11-page complaint, doctors and nurses led by Dr. Oscar S. Villaroman, Jr. told Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales that De Quiros violated Republic Act No. 3019 or the "Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act" particularly Sections 3 (e) and (f) for "causing any undue injury to any party, including the government or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official, administrative or judicial functions" and "for neglecting or refusing, after due demand or request, without sufficient justification to act within reasonable time on any matter pending before him for the purpose of obtaining, directly, indirectly from any person interested in the matter some pecuniary or material benefit or advantage or for the purposes of favouring his own interest or giving undue advantage in favour of or discriminating against any other interested party."

They added that De Quiros should also be held administratively liable for being unreasonable, unfair, oppressive or discriminatory and for acting without justification.

The complaint arose from the May 30, 2012 Office Order issued by De Quiros regarding the guidelines in granting additional compensation to Public Health Workers following the provisions of Republic Act No. 7305, or the "Magna Carta of Public Health Workers".

Based on the said guidelines, the doctors and nurses assigned in branches of SSS cannot be considered public health workers.

The Office Order provides that only those personnel assigned in the Health Care Department of SSS' main branch and in clinics which will be established in the future are considered health workers.

It took effect on June 1, 2012 that resulted in the cancellation of Magna Carta health benefits to 170 doctors and nurses of SSS.

These benefits include hazard, subsistence and laundry pay.

The complainants said that on June 20, 2000, the Commission on Audit already classified all medical units of SSS as public health workers.

They said that they have already written several demand letters to De Quiros but were ignored.

"The act of Mr. Emilio De Quiros Jr. as President of SSS, of arbitrarily declaring that the undersigned and all other medical specialists/physicians and nurses of SSS branches are not public health workers and therefore not entitled to Magna Carta benefits without approval of the Secretary of Health was done in utter bad faith, contrary to the Magna Carta for Public Health Workers, its implementing rules and jurisprudence interpreting it," the complainants said. (PNA)

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