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What Went Before: 16 nurses sacked in Taguig for Facebook ‘like’

In August, at least 16 contractual nurses at Taguig-Pateros District Hospital were fired days after they “liked” a volunteer doctor’s Facebook status updates  critical of the hospital administration.

The Facebook posts were made in July by volunteer doctor Jocelyn Imbao, who has since left the hospital run by the city government.

After failing to get any assistance from the Department of Health, Civil Service Commission and Department of Labor and Employment, the nurses sought the help of the media to draw public attention to their plight.

One of the 16 nurses told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that although they had accepted the hospital officials’ decision to terminate their services, they did not understand why they had not been issued their certificates of employment—one of the requirements for nurses who want to work overseas.

She claimed that in all 46 nurses faced dismissal, but 30 of them opted to resign and received their certificates of employment.

Taguig legal officer Marianito D. Miranda said that “these terminated personnel have manifested blatant disobedience and disregard of authority and protocols, engaged in sowing intrigues and encouraged discontent among the hospital’s staff and personnel.”

The Alliance of Health Workers said it supported the nurses who were fired “for expressing their opinion on the grave state of that hospital’s health care delivery system.”

“What happened to them reflects the collective injustice that nurses are made to suffer. Massive unemployment has brought about the monster that is contractualization which feeds on the desperation of many from among our ranks to find a job,” it said.

Source: Inquirer Archives

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EGVKX2UAIMMREEGCJPOX3MFHQA Paul US

    Facebook, more fun in the Philippines!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AOBVLZWOBE3L5OUKIFDNG7DJTQ aaron

    no more cayetanos in public office, please!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKS7Y3WBUOJPOMTYPCRXSKW7KM Franzeline Perdubal

    DONT VOTE FOR THE CAYETANOS, umuurong ang Taguig dahil sa inyo!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/U46CFYPI6CU7RPUR2WGE4GT6OQ ricci

    Sana mabigyan na sila ng certificates. Ang dali dali gawan sa papel at pirmahan hindi magawa? anu ba yan…

  • darsmith

    Fred Tinga is far better administrator than Lani Cayetano.  However, there is this issue of Tinga protecting their drug-peddling relatives which he must squarely address if he is to run against Cayetano.  Parang limited lang choice ng mga taga-Taguig between Tinga and Cayetano

  • whyinthisworld

    The bottom line there is never tell the truth, otherwise the boss will be angry and hence the result. Always tell a lie and pretend because those people up there live under this kind of atmosphere. They love it.  

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Obviously Lani Cayetano and her people runs Taguig like a fiefdom, grievances even if it is legitimate is a “cause” for their contractual termination. In civilized society where political and economic power is not concentrated on the few ruling families what they did is looked down upon as arbitrary and definitely abuse of power and authority. But what can we expect from the younger Cayetanos who saw economic and political power fell on their lap as if manna from heaven courtesy of the pathetic patronage political system?

  • billy gunner

    the president does not bother about the “contractualization monster”. he’s after all a nuthugger of businessmen. remember he owes them a lot of things.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Garfield/100001560380497 John Garfield

    Government itself cannot assure fairness and justice in its own ranks. And sometimes it is even the source of unfair practices! Consider contractualization.

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