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PPHA and Public Health Services
Are the majority of public health workers aware that Philippine Public Health Association (PPHA) is still existing? Do they know the association’s efforts to help upgrade the delivery of public health services in the country?
After 1993, a decline in membership of PPHA was noted. It was due to the transfer of devolved health workers to LGUs when devolution of health services pursuant to R.A 7160 was implemented and due to lack of sustainable leadership that existed because of demoralization of significant number of public health workers.
The disparity of salary and benefits received between devolved and nationally paid health workers, including the former’s inequitable treatment by local government officials had divided the public health workers.
At the hind sight, Republic Act 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991, experimented on health delivery system by setting apart the public health workers into two (2) groups like guinea pigs. One group is assigned to a relatively secured employment and economic status (more…)
PPHA Benefit Package for PHWs
In 2005, the mortuary benefit was increased from P10,000.00 to P20,000.00 for members who are paying the provident fund of P100.00 in addition to the annual membership due of P100.00 if he or she is a non-life member. It was implemented in some local chapters but the benefit itself was not enough.
On July 22, 2009,the PPHA National Board approved the Omnibus Guidelines on PPHA Benefit Package offering the following benefits to members in addition to the increase of mortuary benefit to P20,000.00, to wit:
- Hospitalization Benefits for Members and their Dependents
- Personal Loan Privileges and Retirement Benefits
- Micro-financing for Income Generating (more…)