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Capitol employees push for health benefits

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The Progressive Alliance of Capitol Employees (PACE) pushed for health benefits to be accorded to provincial government employees, including job order workers and Contract of Services.

In a resolution approved by PACE board of directors during its September 2 meeting, they are requesting Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson for the granting of health, hospitalization and health care insurance benefits for officials and provincial government employees.

It cited the Supreme Court case in September 2010 where the provincial government won the case against the Commission on Audit (COA) where it sustained the payment of the hospitalization and health care insurance of its officials and employees.

Another PACE resolution also called on Gov. Lacson to grant NOCHP (Negros Occidental Comprehensive Integrated Health Program) coverage, free medical and hospitalization services in all district and provincial hospital of all job order workers and COS.

The resolution said that JO and COS workers “are exposed from time to time to work hazard and thus some of them have already suffered injury or involved in accidents while performing their duties.”

It added that the provincial government of Negros Occidental, should be the champion of worker’s welfare, having recognized the role of its workers in the delivery of services to the public, especially the JO and COS workers.*

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