Thirty-one prime hospitals in the National Capital Region (NCR) today entered into an agreement with labor and management to establish a tripartite council and provide for the partners’ collaboration in addressing labor and employment issues and concerns affecting the hospital sector in the region, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said.
Labor and Employment Secretary Marianito D. Roque said representatives of the 31 hospitals and leaders of hospital unions in NCR signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the setting up of the Hospital Industry Tripartite Council (HITC), the tripartite body that paves the way for the social partners’ collaboration in the pursuit of common goals not only in the advancement of the welfare of hospital workers but also that the entire hospital industry in NCR.
Under the MOU, the parties agree to fully comply with the Labor Code provisions on the rights and responsibilities of the social partners and maintain openness of the sectors in communicating their concerns to sustain cohesiveness.
The MOU also provides for the conduct of labor-management education for labor and management in the hospital industry. The social partners also agree to advocate programs promoting occupational safety and health and productivity improvement in the hospital industry and to provide for skills training and upgrading of hospital workers in accordance with technological advancement in the industry.
Roque said the setting up of the HITC for the hospital industry in NCR is a milestone in the efforts to promote labor and management harmony and cooperation in the hospital sector considering that the other regions usually look up to NCR as the country’s prime region and leader in activities worth emulating.
He expressed hopes that the HITC in NCR would encourage other hospitals in other regions to also engage in similar undertakings as this would not only contribute to industrial peace but also to efforts in protecting the rights and welfare of workers, which in turn, is imperative in ensuring productivity and growth of the hospital industry.
The industry is the ultimate beneficiary, Roque said as he hailed the 31 hospitals for agreeing to establish the HITC in NCR.
The hospitals are as follows: Asian Hospital and Medical Center, Capitol Medical Center, Cardinal Santos Medical Center, Chinese General Hospital, Delos Santos-STI Medical Center, Dr. Jesus Delgado Memorial Hospital, Dr. Victor R. Potenciano Medical Center, FEU-NRMF Medical Center, Hospital of the Infant Jesus, Las Piñas City Medical Center, Inc., Las Piñas Doctors Hospital, Inc., Makati Medical Center, Manila Adventist Medical Center, Manila Doctors Hospital, MCU-FDT Medical Foundation, Medical Center – Parañaque, Medical Center – Manila, Metro South Medical Center, MPI Medical Center Muntinlupa, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Our Lady of Peace Hospital, Perpetual Help Medical Center Las Piñas, San Juan De Dios Hospital, Seamen’s Hospital, St. Clare’s Hospital, St. Luke’s Medical Center, St. Jude’s General Hospital and Medical Center, The Medical City, United Doctors Medical Center, UST Hospital, and World Citi Medical Center.