Friday, 24 May 2019

SPEU buys P7.8M health coverage for members

ALABEL, Sarangani (April 14, 2016) – The Sarangani Provincial Employees Union (SPEU) has increased the hospitalization coverage of its members to P100,000 per illness per year, from P70,000 last year.

SPEU president Anacleto Saya-ang and Maxicare Healthcare Corporation sealed the health insurance contract for SPEU’s 655 members.

Maxicare, one of the country’s largest health maintenance organizations, received the P7.8-million check on April 1 as one-time payment for SPEU members’ one year healthcare coverage.

This is one of the programs Saya-ang identified as the most important among the perks of joining the union.

He said “in times of financial distress, this health coverage becomes very necessary as medical costs would be defrayed by the substantial amount covered in the health package.”

Governor Steve Chiongbian Solon, according to Saya-ang, is also giving all-out support to SPEU programs which he recognized to have definitely benefited its members.

Union members also received a cash incentive of P25,000 each and a P2,000 birthday gift as part of the Collective Negotiation Agreement (CNA).

Saya-ang said the monetary incentives granted were sourced out from the “cost-cutting measures or systems improvement” implemented in the use of electricity, expenses in travels, use of government vehicles and others that are manifested in the austerity plan executed by and between SPEU and the provincial government.

Since Saya-ang’s term started in 2010, two covered pathways in the Provincial Capitol entrance and exit passages amounting to P2-million and two waiting sheds costing P600,000 have been constructed. An acknowledgement marker was also installed honoring pioneering Capitol employees.

SPEU officers have also earmarked P2-million for two mini buses that would be purchased for the use of Capitol workers.

Under the CNA, SPEU members would enjoy additional 10 days leave for union-related transactions.

Moreover, those retiring from government service are afforded with “pabaon” cash incentive of P133,000 for SPEU members of 12 years or more. A minimum of P33,250 are received by retirees with three-year membership.

The Public Sector Employees Alliance of Socsksargen (PSEAS), where Saya-ang is also regional president, provides additional mortuary benefit on top of the P66,500 each mortuary fund coming from SPEU members’ contributions.

PSEAS is a coalition of government workers unions from Sarangani, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, and General Santos City. (Beverly C. Paoyon / SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)

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