BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE) has been pushing for health benefits to be extended to provincial government employees, including on-call and service contract workers.
In a resolution approved by the PACE board of directors at its September 2 meeting, they ask Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson to grant health insurance, hospitalization and health care benefits to government officials and employees. provincial.
He cited the Supreme Court case in September 2010 where the provincial government won the lawsuit against the Audit Commission (COA) where it upheld the payment of hospitalization and healthcare insurance for its civil servants and employees. .
Another PACE resolution also called on Governor Lacson to extend NOCHP (Negros Occidental Comprehensive Integrated Health Program) coverage, free medical and hospitalization services at all district and provincial hospitals to all workers in the order of work and COS.
The resolution indicates that the workers of JO and COS “are exposed from time to time to occupational hazards and that, consequently, some of them have already suffered injuries or have been involved in accidents in the exercise of their their duties”.
He added that the provincial government of Negros Occidental should be the champion of worker welfare, having recognized the role of its workers in providing services to the public, especially JO and COS workers.*