16 OFW medical clinics facing revocation of DOH accreditation

SIXTEEN overseas Filipino workers (OFW) medical clinics face cancelation of Department of Health accreditation for implementing the patients  decking/referral  system declared recently as illegal by a new law.

Said clinics are members of Gulf Accredited Medical Clinics Association (GAMCA PHILS),  whose mother unit is Gulf Cooperative Council composed of representatives of Gulf countries.

Dr. Ruben C. Bartolome M.D.  job placements industry leader, said Gamca clinics in the country can still implement the prohibited decking referral system underground through the internet which he was afraid the association is doing now.

Dr. Bartolome who has a clinic that carries his name was a former member of Gamca Phils  left the group in  respect for the new law and for the interest of Filipino overseas workers.

He said patient decking restricts freedom of the OFWs to choose his/her  preferred medical clinic to conduct pre-departure  medical check-up.

Earlier,  in  two successive directives, the DOH enjoined Gamca Phils to cease and desist from implementing patient decking and referral system whereby job applicants are fanned out exclusively to 16 Gamca members for health clearance examinations.

The DOH directives were issued to enforce Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act of 1995 as amended by RA No. 10122 amending among others, Section 23 of RA No.  8042. The new law that took effect on Aug. 13, 2010 provides in: “(c-3) No group or groups of medical clinics shall have a monopoly of exclusively conducting health examinations on migrant workers for certain receiving countries ; “c-4) Every Filipino migrant worker shall have the freedom to choose any of the DOH-accredited or DOH operated clinics that will conduct his or her health examinations and that  his or her rights as a patient are respected. The docking practice, which requires an overseas Filipino worker to go first to an office for registration and then farmed out  to a medical clinic located elsewhere, shall not be allowed.


President Benigno Aquino III has all the reason to be happy with the results of latest Social Weather Stations survey showing 93 percent of Filipino or more than 9 in 10 Pinoys view 2011 with hope.

With this in mind, President  said that violent crimes will be his first priority this year. He said he would make the country a safe place to live, to visit and to invest in 2011 and the coming years, to leave office in 2016 with a country that is much better that what it was,” when he took over as chief executive.

The President said it is unacceptable that kidnapping, carjacking and other serious crimes persist while he was trying to cleanse the government, ridding it of graft and corruption, in order to attract tourists and investments The fight against violent crimes would include efforts to curb illegal drug trade and pursue talks to achieve peace and development in Mindanao. The President said he has instructed police authorities to make kidnappers feel that this is a personal fight already and that there shall be no let up in efforts to throw them in jail..


News reports have it that the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) has sought P3.5 million in damages from a company which built and operates a multi-level car park on its campus.

In a petition filed on Dec. 30, UST  asked the Manila RTC to stop Selegna Holdings Corp. from renting out spaces in the four-story building.

The story belied loose talks going around for so long already that the Vatican has allegedly chided the Dominicans running UST for engaging in business to increase their income.

It now appears that the story was a concoction and unfair to the leadership of the one f the oldest universities in the world that produced practically most of our great men and women in  history. Cornelio de Guzman

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