The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has entered into an agreement with the Philippine Chinese Charitable Association Inc., (PCCAI) to help the DOLE employees cope with the rising cost of hospitalization and other medical services.

Labor and Employment Secretary Patricia A. Sto. Tomas and Dr. James G. Dy, president of PCCAI signed the agreement.

Sto. Tomas said that the agreement affords the DOLE employees easier access to the adequate medical services which a designated hospital such as the well-known Chinese General Hospital will provide for reduced costs. She noted that such privilege is in line with the DOLE’s mission to promote the welfare of the Filipino workers.

The agreement is part of the DOLE’s efforts to help its employees cope with rising cost of health care and ensure their health and safety while performing public services, Sto. Tomas said as she urged both labor and management to provide for a similar arrangement for the workers.

“I asked employers and labor groups to pursue arrangements with medical services providers for the provision of medical services to workers at lower costs in order to help them cope with rising costs of products and services,” she said.

The DOLE chief added that “this will help us sustain the national efforts in ensuring the workers’ health, safety, and productivity and, thus, the growth of business and economy.”

Under the agreement, the Hospital, will provide the DOLE employees 50% discount from charges on room occupancy and 30% discount on laboratory, pulmonary and X-ray services.

Undersecretary Luzviminda G. Padilla said that the DOLE employee availing of the hospital’s services will have to present an office ID or a certification by a designated DOLE staff that the patient is a regular employee of the Department.

Padilla also said that the agreement is valid for one year and may be renewed as agreed upon by both parties.

source: Information and Publication Service

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