As of Easter Sunday 102 (and still growing) brave PGH Doctors are joining the mass LOA protest.
1. Manuel Agulto – Former Chairman of Ophthalmology
2. Marge Lat-Luna
3. Joey Lapena
4. Randy Abdullah
5. Eric Legaspi
6. Jose Joven Cruz
7. Jonas del Rosario – TOYM for Medicine
8. Eric Talens
9. Butch Felizar – Department of Anesthesia Chairman
11.Jose Anthony Jocson
14.Mario Geronilla – Department of Orthopedics Chairman
18.Abundio Balgos Associate Dean UPCM (Resigned in Protest)
20.Arnel De jesus
23.Ted Herbos former Chairman Department of Emergency Med
25.Edelina Dela Paz
27.Alvin Marcelo – Head of Medical Informatics, TOYM for Medicine
29.Rene Tuazon – Former Chairman of ENT Department
37.Pablo Lazatin III
38.Jaime Galvez Tan – Former DOH Secretary
45.Gene Abes – Former Chairman of ENT Department
47.Carlos Chua – Department of Neurology Chairman
53.Agnes Mejia – Department of Medicine Chairperson
57.Benjie Dela Paz
61.Daniel Dela Paz
62.Ester Santos Bitanga
70.Lourdes Blanco Capito – Dept. OB Gyne Chairperson
72.Joselito Jamir – Former Chairman of Department of ENT
77.Tony Dans – Outstanding Teacher Awardee
78.Mary Ann Lim-Abrahan
81.Nina Alejo Ramirez
83.Madonna Calderon Domingo
85.Rey Jaime Tan
86.Iris Thiele Isip-Tan
89.Faith Joan Mesa-Gaerlan
96.Richard Vincent Dimagiba
97.Nelia Cortes-Maramba – Professor Emeritus
98.Leah Patricia Arceo
100. Nemencio Nicodemus Jr.
101. Albert Jerome Quintos
102. Maria Isabel Duavit
UP-PGH Doctor’s STATEMENT on Mass Leave of Absence to Protest the Blatant Disregard for a Democratic Process and Oppressive Ouster of a Legitimate Hospital Director
The Philippine General Hospital is in crisis because of a Hospital Director’s questionable appointment. When a tenured, democratically elected and functioning PGH Director in Dr. Jose C. Gonzales can be removed from office without due process and cause, it sends a message of oppression and shock to the PGH community.
On February 25, 2010 upon orders from the University of the Philippines’ Board of Regents, Dr. Gonzales was replaced by Dr. Enrique Domingo. On March 2, 2010 the College Council of the UP College of Medicine whose membership represents the majority of doctors and faculty members of PGH, overwhelmingly approved a resolution (with a vote of 199 to 19) recognizing Dr. Jose Gonzales as the duly appointed Director of PGH until December 2012.
Therefore, unless the Board of Regents restore Dr. Jose Gonzales as PGH Director, we the undersigned will take a mass leave of absence to express our anger and dismay over this blatant disregard for justice and fair play in the removal from office of one of our own PGH Doctor and to strongly protest the lack of a democratic process in selecting our Director.
We wish to make it clear that our actions will not affect life threatening or emergency cases in PGH patients but may only delay elective surgeries attendance to outpatient cases or other non-life threatening illnesses for a limited time only. Those of us in very sensitive leadership posts will likewise continue working in a limited capacity despite our LOA. We will not abandon our patients already admitted in hospital and will be available for emergency cases and critical aspects of patient care.
To this end,
We call on our patients and the public for understanding, as we will not neglect the care of the critically ill and emergent conditions, but may sadly have to defer outpatient consultations, elective surgical procedures and non-essential administrative functions.
We call on our medical students and resident trainees for support, as we demonstrate in deed, as in word, what it means to uphold and enflesh the noble traditions we cherish and the timeless principles we value.
We call on our colleagues- physicians, health professionals and health workers alike for introspection, reflection and realization that we share a common situation, and that we are challenged to make a common stand in conscience and with conviction.
We call on our leaders, elected or appointed to positions of authority in the University system, to examine their consciences, rectify the situation and assume the rightful role of servant leader rather than that of lord and master, for they are accountable to the People for their words and deeds.
We particularly call on the other members of the Board of Regents and the President of the University of the Philippines, to heed our resounding call, expressed through the representative voices of our organic Faculty, Staff and Alumni Regents, and through the silenced voice of our Student Regent, as we echo the closing lines of UP Naming Mahal:
Ating pagdiwang, bulwagan ng dangal,
humayo’t itanghal, giting at tapang,
mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan,
mabuhay ang pag-asa ng bayan!
Text and photo emailed to UP Issues.