Magna Carta of Public Health Workers

Topics: Health care, Healthcare, Health care provider Pages: 79 (17946 words) Published: August 5, 2014
PHILIPPINE MANAGEMENT LEGISLATION AND ISSUES

By
Ana Marie A. Ofalda
Marjun D. Dagsil
Jay-Ar C. Recto

School of Graduate Studies
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHEASTERN PHILIPPINES
Iriga City

April 2014
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHEASTERN PHILIPPINES
School of Graduate Studies
Iriga City

Doctor of Philosophy 509
(Management Legislations and Issues)

A Research Compilation on
PHILIPPINE MANAGEMENT LEGISLATION AND ISSUES

Presented to
DR. ONYCA O. JASMIN
Professor

In partial fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

By
Ana Marie A. Ofalda
Marjun D. Dagsil
Jay-Ar C. Recto
TABLE OF CONTENTS

FOREWORD
PREFACE
Chapter 1
(Act Title)
Rationale of R.A. No.
Historical Perspective and Amendments
Conceptual Paradigm Developed
Salient Features of R.A. No.
Institutional Management of R.A. No. in the Philippines
Analyzing the Management of R.A. No.
End Notes
Chapter 2
MAGNA CARTA OF PUBLIC HEALTH WORKERS
Rationale of R.A. No. 7305
Historical Perspective and Amendments
Conceptual Paradigm Developed
Salient Features of R.A. No. 7305
Institutional Management of R.A. No. 7305 in the Philippines
Analyzing the Management of R.A. No. 7305
End Notes
Chaper 3
(Act Title)
Rationale of R.A. No.
Historical Perspective and Amendments
Conceptual Paradigm Developed
Salient Features of R.A. No.
Institutional Management of R.A. No. in the Philippines
Analyzing the Management of R.A. No.
End Notes

FOREWORD
Human resources for health are vital to a functional health system. In most instances, however, especially in developing economies, health workers – government health workers more so – face the challenge of being overworked (from the myriad of vertical programs handled by ministries of health, as well as projects implemented by aid agencies) yet being underpaid, oftentimes subsisting on meager salaries that are insufficient to support a family. In the end, health workers are forced to migrate and leave behind fractured health systems. In response to this challenge, the Philippines has legislated a Magna Carta of Public Health Workers (Republic Act 7305) in 1992, promising a host of incentives, primarily financial, to health workers to attract them to government service. The law was especially crafted with those assigned to hardship posts in mind. It is then hoped that this Magna Carta of Public Health Workers with all the efforts put into it, will promote better compliance with the law’s mandates among concerned public health officials, public health administrators and rank and file public health personnel and inspire all public health workers to continuously improve our efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of public health services to the people.

PREFACE
Republic Act No.7305 also known as the Magna Carta of Public Health Workers was passed to give health workers increased benefits through two mechanisms: outright, across-the-board salary increases for all rural doctors, and laundry and subsistence allowances for all other health workers. Over a five-year period, the DOH was also authorized to increase other benefits such as medico-legal fees, overtime pay, hazard pay and hardship allowances for health workers laboring under difficult circumstances. Under the law, the DOH would set up a mechanism for managing health worker and management issues through multi-level consultative councils. The law also provided for a code of conduct by health workers, with penalties for any violations. By 1997, a national consultative council had been in operation for three years, but local government participation in the consultative process remained poor or, in some cases, only token in nature. During its early years of implementation, it was clear that if implemented, the Magna Carta would create the highest paid sectoral workforce in the Philippines civil service. This law was...
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