Hospital director unfazed by moves to remove him

August 27, 2017 at 11:39 pm Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

 DAGUPAN CITY – The regional director of the biggest government hospital in Region-1 was unfazed by moves of an “influential woman” to oust him as  head of  the Region-1 Medical Center (R1MC).

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PROGRAMS. Region-1 Medical Center Director Joseph Roland Mejia (2nd from right)
explains the various programs to be implemented  in the biggest government hospital in the region. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA

R1MC Director Joseph Roland Mejia told reporters that the woman wanted a piece of a project in the 600-bed hospital by skewing the bidding process in her favour.

Mejia said  that would violate the procurement law of the country.

”Iyan ang mahirap sa atin kung humihingi sila. Hindi basta humingi ang contractor, you have to bid, isasama kayo sa bidding. Pag nanalo kayo, kayo ang (winning) bidder. Hindi ho natin maibibigay dahil may procurement process,” he said.

The detractor, a source said,  is a stakeholder in a gambling franchise and a close friend of a Malacanang official.

 On the looming reshuffle of directors of national government hospitals all over the country, Mejia said there were oppositions to the order of the Department of Health.

He said some directors in Mindanao argued that the reshuffle would  disrupt the harmony of organizational culture in other stations outside the island, and would affect  the efficiency of the hospital’s staff because the new director will have to know the inherent skills of his subordinates.

“You have to acquaint yourself and two years is not enough. It will take three to five years for you to be effective. If you have to be transferred, hinde ka pa makaka adjust doon sa (assignment)  mo, babalik ka na naman sa mother unit mo. Kami three years lang ang maximum doon sa (new) station. More than three years puwede sila magka violate,” he said.

He said he would still be retained at R1MC because of the programs he started there.

He said  a director like him who supervises a 600-bed hospital could not just be transferred in a 150-bed government hospital in Batac, Ilocos Norte because that would be a demotion.

“The Department Order (says) you can’t be transferred to a smaller hospital because that’s a demotion. It should be the same hospital as big as R1MC,” he explained.

Mejia said the hospitals that would fit his  stature are the East Avenue Medical Center or the Philippine Heart’s Center in Manila.

The six  congressmen in Pangasinan opposed Mejia’s reshuffle outside in this city.


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