QUEZON CITY – Quezon City officials have vowed to continuously shoulder annual medical checkups of 1,300 teachers and non-teachers from all public schools in District 1, the Manila Standard reported.
Quezon City Councilor Victor Ferrer Jr. made the commitment because of insufficient medical assistance as mandataed by Republic Act 4670 or the Magna Carta for Public School Teachers.
Under Section 22 of RA 4670, the government is responsible to maintain teachers’ health through a compulsory, annual and free medical examination. Should the results of the examination show that a teacher needs to go through hospitalization or take medication, the government should foot the expenses.
“I have a consultant in charge of the committee on education, Elizabeth San Diego, who has advised me to extend such services not only for teachers, but also to non-teachers. I have been doing this for the last eight years,” Ferrer explained to the Manila Standard.
Ferrer claimed teachers themselves still shoulder their annual medical checkup and that some of them turn to financial institutions to borrow money for emergency medical needs for themselves or their family members.
“I have been using my personal money from my wages to be able to offer free annual X-ray and urinalysis service to 1,300 teaching and non-teaching personnel. Not a single centavo came from the government,” he said.
“St. Cecilia Polyclinic is generous enough to accept my payments in staggered basis,” he added.