Public hospitals to get more staff

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Monday, February 10, 2014

THE Provincial Government of Negros Occidental will hire additional staff for the district hospitals in line with the impending reorganization of the Capitol workforce.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said the new employees will be assigned to Merceditas J. Montilla District Hospital in Sipalay City, while others will augment personnel of Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City and the Negros First Provincial Blood Bank Center in Bacolod City.

The newly-opened district hospital in Sipalay has 75 beds, 14 private rooms, and will also have a decompression chamber.


The blood center, which is one of the only two Provincial Government-established blood centers in the country, complements the operations of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) blood bank center. The center opened a year ago.

In May 2013, the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital also opened its annex building.

Last August, the governor already said that the reorganization would mean hiring of more personnel such as doctors and nurses due to the expansion district hospitals in the province.

About 100 more will be hired, he said.

The reorganization of the Capitol departments is expected to proceed soon since the Manila-based private firm CPRM Consultants Inc. has already submitted its recommendations.

The governor is set to submit his final recommendation for the approval of the Provincial Board.

Marañon said that employees of offices that will be dissolved could be transferred to other departments if they are qualified.

The employees affected may apply for new job openings, if they are qualified, or avail of an early retirement package that will be offered, he added.

Among the earlier recommendations is the phasing out of the Provincial Cooperative Office and a fusion of divisions within the department itself, like the Office for Sports that would be fused with the Panaad Park Office.

The Provincial Library will be merged with the Public Information Office and the Lagoon Park Office will be placed under the General Services Office.

The last reorganization of the Capitol workforce took place more than 10 years ago under the administration of former Governor Rafael Coscolluela.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on February 10, 2014.

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