Thursday, December 22, 2011

Usapang diskriminasyon sa trabaho ng mga transgender na nurses

Sa mga nakaraang mga araw, nakatanggap ako ng isang liham mula sa isang transgender nurse na may concern tungkol sa maaring discrimination na matanggap nya bilang isang nurse na papasok na sa RNHEALS Program ng DOH.

Ito ang aming naging palitan ng pag-uusap. Ibabahagi ko ito para malaman ng aking mga followers at readers na baka nakaka-experience din ng ganitong klaseng diskriminasyon sa kanilang opisina o eskwelahan.

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[SPICE]
I am a transsexual and 45 years old. Do you think I still can be under the program of Rn heals? I already challenged the screening exam. I did Psycho test today. I still have to undergo the interview by the chief nurse and then the panel interview which is composed of the higher echelons of the hospital.

I am afraid that I might be discriminated because I am 45(2nd courser) and a sexually reassigned person (male to female). Are there qualifications? I do not think there is an age limit because it is not stated in the ad of RN HEALS. 

Please help me just in case I will be eliminated because of age and being a transsexual. RN Heals is not for hiring permanent staff nurses but a program to alleviate the deplorable plight of unemployed nurses. 

Regards.
Spice

[AKO]
Dear Spice,

The RNHEALS 2 program does not provide age limit nor preference for gender identity, if you will be eliminated because of this qualifications, please immediately tell me so I can take actions. But I would like to inform you ahead of time that RNHEALS 2 prioritizes their former "volunteers" to be part of the program.

Don't hesitate to email us the result of your application. Thank you!

Best,

Alvin Dakis

[SPICE]
Nrs. Alvin

Thank you very much for your immediate response. I did volunteering by the way.

I will update you with my application. I feel relieved, at least there is someone who understands my predicament.  Mabuhay ka.

Thank you again.

[AKO]
Hi Spice,

Yes, I'm one of those who advocates for the anti-discrimination bill against LGBTs especially among transpinay. You may also report to me some abuses done to transgender/transsexual women in the country especially among nurses.

Thank you!

[SPICE]
Nrs. Alvin,

Thank you very much for the moral support you gave me. The confidence I had when I underwent the initial interview of the chief nurse was from you. There was supposed to be a panel interview but since the hospital was trying to hasten the process of RN heals, the Medical Director appointee just welcome us all and told us we are already in the program. 

I am now under the the program Rn Heals. I hope that it will open doors for me in the immediate future. To be an employee in the said hospital is close to impossible since there is an age limit to hiring permanent staff nurses. I will just take advantage of the knowledge and skills I will acquire in the program. 

I am just wondering what uniform should I wear? Since my nursing college days, I was asked to wear female uniform plus nurse's cap. And When I underwent training, I was wearing cap too. What do you think? We were told that we are going to wear the prescribed uniform of the hospital to avoid discrimination. We will all be like and treated as real staff nurses of the hospital. And that means we need to have our uniforms done.I do not want to be contemptuous by deciding according to my whim. This is the reason I am seeking your opinion. I will ask the chief nurse on Monday though.

I will keep you posted.

Thank you again. Have a relaxing weekend.

Regards,
Spice

[AKO]
Dear Spice,

Thank you for updating me. And it's great you got admitted to the program. With regards to your clothing, I encourage you to wear the clothing that best represents you. If you are very comfortable wearing female uniform, then go for it because you have all the rights to do so. 

Best regards,

Alvin

[SPICE]
A friend of mine heard that one of the senior nurses was reacting why was I allowed to wear a female uniform with a nurse's cap. The senior nurse retorted, I should present myself accdg to my biological gender. She was even questioning why I was able to penetrate the training program where I was enrolled prior to RN heals. The chief nurse already approved my application and even the oic of the hospital didn't say anything when I had a brief interview with him. So, I am pretty confident that she can't eliminate me.

Do you think I have all the right to wear female uniform since I am a sexually reassigned person? I am just wondering. Though, I know I have all the right because there is no law in black and white stating that transgenders are not allowed to assume the role female nurses. 

Thank you again for the encouragement. I will simply try to learn what is to be learnt, to hone my nursing skills, widen my nursing knowledge and improve my attitude.

I already told some of the staff nurses that I have a friend from DOH who is very supportive of me. An advocate of LGTB and a thinking nurse with a purpose. Enjoy and lazy your Sunday night Nars Alvin. I hope to meet you in person./spice

[AKO]
Dear Spice,

Thank you for your continued correspondence. As a person who underwent SRS and under the international treaties where Philippines is a signatory, one cannot discriminate a member of the LBGT according to his or her sexual orientation & gender identity. So just warn them about that. And if they do not believe what I am telling you, we can make this as a test case which we can win. 

I have your back.

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Iyan ang huli naming pag-uusap dated December 12, 2012. Natutuwa ako't pinag-kakatiwalaan nya ako at sa akin dumulog at humingi ng advice. Patunay din ito na sa ating propesyon, marami pa ring mga hindi edukado tungkol sa sexual orientation & gender identity at ito dapat ay nirerespeto at hindi dapat ito batayan upang matanggal o hindi matanggap sa trabaho o paaralan ang isang tao.

Nakakalungkot lang na may ilang pwersa ang gustong tanggalin ang Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) bilang isa sa mga importanteng laman ng Anti-Discrimination Bill (ADB) na sya namang nakabinbin ngayon sa Kamara. Ang bill na ito ay pinangungunahan ni Rep. Teddy Casino ng Bayan Muna. 

Para sa grupong (kagaya na lang ng CBCP) naglalayong tanggalin ang probisyon ng SOGI bilang isa sa mga rason na kung saan ang isang tao ay madiskrimina, ang Anti-Discrimination Bill ay nagiging 'discriminating' na sa ilang sektor ng lipunan, ang mga Lesbyana, Bakla, Bisexual at Transgender (na kung saan, kasama si Spice na sumulat) sa akin.

Importante sa ating mga nurses na hindi mag-discriminate ng ating mga pasyente o mga kasamahan sa propesyon sa kadahilanang sila ay mga LGBTs dahil hindi tayo makakapagbigay ng sapat na pag-aalaga kapag biased na ang ating judgment. Sa ating propesyon, tayo ay tinuruan na mag-alaga sa lahat at umintindi sa kanilang kalagayan, na magbigay ng karampatang lunas sa kahit kaaway natin. Gayun din sana sa ating mga kasamahan, hangga't nagagawa nya ng matiwasay ang kanyang trabaho, bigyan natin sila ng kalayaang ihayag ang kanilang gender identity.

Muli, ang SOGI ay hindi maaring gamitin laban sa isang LGBT upang hindi matanggap sa trabaho o paaralan. Kapag may mga ganito kayong karanasan at gusto nyong matulungan namin kayo, maari kayong magpadala sa akin ng e-mail sa pamamagitan ng blog na ito o mag-comment.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Isang Espeyal na Pamaskong Hatid ng Globe Blackberry Promo!

Marami sa ating mga nurses ang hindi nakakadalo sa Noche Buena ng ating mga pamilya dahil tayo ay on-duty sa mga ospital. Mahirap man pero kelangan gawin. Lumbay at lungkot man ang kasama, paglilingkod sa taumbayan pa rin ang unang iniisip.

Sa mga panahong 'to, may isa rin na hindi nagpapahinga kapag Pasko at nagbibigay ng magagandang pamasko sa ating lahat - ang Globe na may handa na namang espesyal  ngayon, ang GLOBE BLACKBERRY CHRISTMAS OFFER! 

Alam n'yo bang nagbibigay ang Globe ng LIBRENG BLACKBERRY 8520 UNIT sa kanilang PLAN 599? Ito lang naman ang berry na masarap at libre pero 'di nakakain. Sa panahon ng lumbay at lungkot ng mga nurses (at lahat) na hindi makakapag-Pasko sa kanilang pamilya, heto ang pinakamagandang pamasko. Ako kaya kelan mareregaluhan ng ganito? ^_^

Alam n'yo bang hanggang ngayon, halos lahat ng kasama ko may Blackberry na, ako wala pa din kasi namamahalan ako. Pero nung na-encounter ko nga itong promo ng Globe eh napa-isip din ako. Ang mura kasi. Akalain 'nyo ba namang P599.00 lang eh may libreng Blackberry unit ka na tapos UNLIMITED INTERNET ACCESS (BIS) ka pa! Unli-FB at Twitter ito! Sa mga taong gaya ko na kaagapay na ang social media sa personal na buhay, adbokasiya at trabaho, ang plan na'to ay panalong-panalo! Kung reregaluhan mo ba naman sila ng ganito ngayong Pasko, aba'y tanggal ang lumbay 'nya at kahit asang lupalop pa 'sya ng bansa, garantisadong konektado 'sya sa inyo!

Dati na akong taga-tangkilik ng Globe at alam kong maganda ang mga services nila. I used to have multiple accounts sa ibang networks but hindi maganda ang services nila especially to some of their packages kaya ngayon, I maintained only one network, and that's Globe. Now, that they have affordable plans like this, and having to get free Blackberry units, I don't think you'll disagree with me saying this is such a special and amazing offer!

So, ano ang mga kakailanganin kung mag-nanais akong kumuha ng package na ito? Ito ang mga kailangan mong dokumento:
  1. Proof of Identification: kahit anong ID na issued ng gobyerno, pasaporte o ID ng iyong kumpanya,
  2. Proof of Billing: ito naman ay ang Utility Bills mo sa kuryente, tubig o maari din namang computerized pay slip mula sa inyong kumpanya,
  3. Proof of Financial Capacity: ito naman ay ang mga dokumentong patunay na maari kang makapagbayad katulad ng ITR o Income Tax Return (BIR Form 1700 ito para sa mga empleyado), maari din ang latest Certificate of Employment na kasamang nakalagay ang iyong sweldo.
Pero sa kahit anong promo, may guidelines din dapat ito. Kagaya nang dapat ikaw ay:
  • Nasa disi-otso anyos (18 years old) pataas,
  • May Local Billing Address ka, o yung address na kung saan pwede nilang ipadala ang monthly bill mo,
  • Sa mga empleyado, at least nasa P15,000 ang iyong buwanang sweldo,
  • ay isang Pilipino (maaring magdagdag ng karagdagang impormasyon at dokumento para naman sa hindi mga Pilipino), at syempre
  • Contact number (landline o mobile) para madali kang matawagan para mag-beripika ng mga impormasyon mo.
Kita mo naman kung gaano nila pinadali para sa'yo ang makakuha ng promo na'to diba? Kaya sa mga kasama kong nurses at iba pang patuloy ang paglilingkod ngayong kapaskuhan ito na dapat ang ultimate Christmas wishlist n'yo! Sigurado akong magiging doble-inspired ka sa pagtatrabaho at konektado ka pa sa pamilya at lahat ng FB at Twitter friends, ito ang bagay sa'yo!
Kung interesado kayong malaman kung paano makaka-avail ng promo na 'to, maari kayong bumisita sa pinakamalapit na Globe stores o tumawag sa kanilang sales hotline sa (02)730-1010 (6AM-10PM) o via online www.site.globe.com.ph
Masaya ang pasko kasama ang Globe. At sa Blackberry 8520, mas liligaya ang pasko 'nyo! 
Enjoy your Globe Postpaid YOUR WAY!

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Meron ding iba pang mga ino-offer ang Globe para naman doon sa may gusto ng iba pa:
BlackBerry Curve 8520
FREE at UnliSurf Combo Plan 599 with unlimited mobile surfing
BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300
FREE at UnliSurf Combo Plan 999 with:
•  unlimited mobile surfing
•  P400 consumable amount
•  1 freebie from A to C, E

BlackBerry Curve 9360
FREE at UnliSurf Combo Plan 1799 with:
•  unlimited mobile surfing
•  P1,200 consumable amount
•  3 freebies from A to C, E

BlackBerry Bold 9780
FREE at UnliSurf Combo Plan 2499 with:
•  unlimited mobile surfing
•  P1,900 consumable amount
•  5 freebies from A to C, E

Freebie choices:
A – 10 min calls and 200 SMS to Globe/TM
B – 5 min calls and 25 SMS to other networks
C – 20 mins IDD calls and 10 ISMS to 10 destinations**
E – Unlimited calls and text to one Globe/TM number
** US, Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Alaska, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Thailand

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Casino proposes increase in salary in nurses


Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2011 by Rafael Alonso

Lawmakers today moved to increase the salary of government nurses in a bid to attract thousands of fresh nursing graduates to stay in the country and serve their fellow Filipinos.

House Bill 5230 will upgrade the minimum salary grade level of nurses in public hospitals and other health institutions from Salary Grade 11 to Salary Grade 15. 

The authors of the bill are Reps. Teddy Casiño and Neri Javier Colmenares (Party-list Bayan Muna), Rafael Mariano (Party-list, Anakpawis), Emmi de Jesus and Luzviminda Ilagan (Party-list, Gabriela), Raymond Palatino (Party-list, Kabataan) and Antonio Tinio (Party-list, ACT Teachers).

"The bill will rectify the gross neglect of these public servants and encourage them to work in the country instead of going abroad," Casiño said.

Casiño said when Congress passed Republic Act 9173 or the Philippine Nursing Act in 2002, public nurses all over the country thought it was to be a reprieve from their long sentence of inhumanely low wages.

"It was proven to be an empty promise, with the government failing to allocate funds for the law’s implementation," Casiño said.

Casiño said there is a shortage of working nurses in the country despite the mushrooming of nursing schools and the large number of nursing graduates.

Citing a report of the Alliance of Health Workers, Casiño said nurses who are supposed to receive at least P24,887, which is equivalent to Salary Grade 15 based on the Nursing Act of 2002, receive only P15,649, equivalent to the amount being received by those in Salary Grade 11. 

Casiño said while the Department of Health and Department of Budget and Management assured what nurses get would be as good as what is in the Philippine Nursing Act, the salary grade of public hospital nurses, however, will rise only up to Salary Grade 11 although the Nursing Act provided it should be Salary Grade 15.

The bill to be known as "Government Nurses' Salary Upgrading Act of 2011" will provide adequate remuneration for health workers to enhance general welfare and attract and retain its rightful share of talents with the end in view of fulfilling the state policy of providing essential health services to all Filipinos.

The bill provides that the present minimum salary grade of government nurses (Nurse 1) shall be upgraded from Salary Grade 11 to Salary Grade 15. Likewise, salary grade levels of those occupying higher positions shall be adjusted accordingly.

HIV and a Crisis of Political Will


A lifeline for thousands of Filipinos who are affected by HIV and AIDS has just been cut. Last week, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, the Philippines’ biggest funder of the Philippines’ HIV and AIDS programs, announced that it decided to cancel its next round of funding. 

This is an alarming development for the Philippines, one of the only seven countries worldwide that is experiencing an accelerating HIV epidemic. The latest HIV and AIDS Registry (September 2011) recorded 8 new HIV infections a day, a steep increase from the one case a day that was reported four years ago.   

The immediate implication of this unprecedented cancellation is that half of existing HIV prevention services and 60% of life-saving treatment, care and support programs for Filipinos living with HIV and AIDS would have no funding in the coming years. Just when thousands of Filipinos are at greater risk of HIV infection, the Philippines is expected to cut down its HIV and AIDS interventions.

But perhaps the current situation reflects a bigger crisis. Prior to the Global Fund cancellation, Health Secretary Enrique Ona, who chairs the Philippine National AIDS Council, dismissed the concentrated HIV epidemic that has been noted by his own department’s epidemiological unit and claimed, contrary to what the evidence is saying, that the country has a good HIV program. 

When pressed by legislators during the DOH budget hearing why the government is not increasing its budget on HIV and AIDS, Sec. Ona was quick to state that Global Fund is big and that it will always be there. He said that the current allocation to address the epidemic, an insufficient amount that has gone down from P81M in 2009 to P65M annually beginning 2010, is already enough. 

He likewise dismissed the concentrated epidemic that is happening among men who have sex with men and transgenders, sex workers and drug users, which indicate a complete rejection of existing evidence that curbing the HIV epidemic among these key populations would actually prevent an HIV epidemic in the general population.

With the Global Fund cut and the apparent denialism of Sec. Ona, the country is courting an HIV crisis.

While the rest of the stakeholders are already mobilizing to address the epidemic, the political leadership of the country response is dragging its feet and pretending that there’s no problem. There is a momentum for community mobilization that could be harnessed by the government, but these initiatives could only do so much without the commitment of the political leadership to fulfill - and fulfill with religious fervor - its mandate to protect and promote the welfare of its people. 

If the government wants to avert a full-blown HIV epidemic, then it must address the crisis of political will that Sec. Ona represents. We call on President Noynoy Aquino to keep in line his alter ego and to remind him of the promise of the Aquino administration to the Filipino people - that we, the citizens, are the government’s boss, and that under this administration, no one would be left behind. 

We urge President Aquino to immediately set up a Presidential Task Force on HIV and AIDS that would address the gaps in the response, initiate reforms in the Philippine National AIDS Council, and mobilize local governments to perform their mandate in delivering crucial HIV and AIDS services. We also call on the President to set up an emergency fund to immediately scale up prevention, treatment, care and support services and forestall an HIV crisis.  

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The Network to Stop AIDS in the Philippines (NSAP) is composed of HIV and AIDS civil society organizations all over the Philippines. Its member-organizations include Action for Health Initiatives (ACHIEVE), Alagad Mindanao, B-Change Foundation, Babae Plus, Cebu Plus, CrossBreeds Plus, Gayon, Health Action Information Network (HAIN), Institute for Social Studies and Action (ISSA), National Federation of Filipinos Living with HIV and AIDS (NaFFWA), Positive Action Foundation Philippines, Inc. (PAFPI), Pinoy Plus, The Philippine NGO Council on Population, Health and Welfare (PNGOC), Red Whistle, Sisters Plus, Take the Test, TLF Share, United Western Visayas, and Vida Vivo Zamboanga.