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Health workers show solidarity with Lumad

Alliance of Health Workers members from government hospitals held a candle-lighting activity today to show their solidarity with indigenous peoples in Mindanao. They denounced the human rights violations against the Lumad by the military that resulted in massacres, rape, harassments and forced evacuation in Bukidnon, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur and the Davao provinces.

Philippine Heart Center, Quezon City
September 26, 2015

Sit-down strike against privatization of Orthopedic Center

Philippine Orthopedic Center, Quezon City
March 13, 2015

Hundreds of health workers, patients and their families today converge at the hospital’s drive way and with clenched fists, chant “Save POC” and “Junk PPP/Privatization” and “On site developement with public funds”.

“Let us send our strong message to Sec. Garin and Malacanang that privatizing POC will be the death of a public hospital specializing in bone deseases. It would mean the deprivation of around 500 outpatient poor people who patiently line up as early as 4 am until 5 pm everday to be treated. Also the 80-90% poor patients who are hospitalized for one month to more than 10 years and who rely only to the hospital’s equipments and expertise in order to live,” says Mr. Sean Velchez, president of National Orthopedic Health Workers Union-Alliance of Health Workers.