MAASIN CITY (PIA) -- An ordinance which reverts to the general fund of the province the item on personal services of health care workers at the provincial hospital, who experienced just recently a delay in their monthly take home pay, is widely seen as the cure for this worry.

The local legislative measure was already approved on its third and final reading by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP), and up for signature by the governor, according to Atty. Teopisto “Boy” Rojas, chairperson of the SP Committee on Finance and Appropriations, and Committee on Laws.

The move, which in effect dissolved an earlier ordinance creating the Hospital Economic Enterprise (HEE), was meant to solve the problem on delayed salaries, Rojas explained at the Kapihan sa PIA Thursday, June 9.

Under HEE, the income generated out of the revenues collected by the hospital would be used to cover salaries, wages, and operational expenses, but it turned out the facility earned only over P100 million in a year, yet its overall costs shot up to more than P200 million, Rojas reported.

The main reason for the shortfall, Rojas claimed, was because of the low collection of Philhealth refund payments,

While personal services were assured for payment the moment this will be back to the general fund as provided by the new ordinance, the item on maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) is still left for the hospital management to take care of, Rojas emphasized.

“The MOOE will be funded out of the collectibles from PhilHealth, which stood about P80 million,” Roas said. (MMP/PIA Southern Leyte)