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Is salary increase for devolved PHWs possible despite the PS limitation?
In case, the Local Government Unit (LGU) is about to exceed the budgetary Personal Services (PS) Limitation, is there an alternative remedy for devolved public health workers (PHWs) to get salary increase, at par with their national counterpart? This PS limitation is provided under Section 325 of R.A 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991. It states, as follows:
Section 325.General Limitations. – The use of the provincial, city, and municipal funds shall be subject to the following limitations:
(a) The total appropriations, whether annual or supplemental, for personal services of a local government unit for one (1) fiscal year shall not exceed forty-five percent (45%) in the case of first to third class provinces, cities and municipalities, and fifty-five percent (55%) in the case of fourth class or lower, of the total annual income from regular sources realized in the next preceding fiscal year. The appropriations for salaries, wages, representation and transportation allowances of officials and employees of (more…)
Duties and Obligations of PHWs
Aside from the general principles and the values required from public health workers, the Code of Conduct for Public Health Workers prescribes their fourfold duties and obligations, to wit:
· To Clienteles:
- Attend to clients faithfully and conscientiously and strive to provide them with all the possible benefits from his/her knowledge and skills.
- Serve at all times all people in his/her area of jurisdiction without discrimination.
- Exercise good faith and honesty in the discharge of his/her duties and responsibilities especially in disseminating information to clients and their families.
- Observe confidentiality on matters related (more…)