Colinas Verdes Hospital Managers Corporation (CVHMC), operator of Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) and the Nagkakaisa na mga Manggagawa ng Cardinal Santos Medical Center (Kasangga-CSMC) signed a new a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) last November 24, 2020 at the Prime 22 Restaurant of Discovery Suites Ortigas.
United front. Colinas Verdes Hospital Managers Corporation, operator of Cardinal Santos Medical Center and the Nagkakaisa na mga Manggagawa ng Cardinal Santos Medical Center signs a new Collective Bargaining Agreement that will be effective from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2025. In photo, from L to R: Representing the Kasangga-CSMC Union – Ms Felina Cordero, Vice President and Mr Dino Babasa, President; Mr Raul Pagdanganan, President & CEO, Ms Maria Louzel Diaz-Tiozon, Vice President & Head of Human Resources and Ms Marivic Mabuti, Vice President & CFO representing Cardinal Santos Medical Center
The new CBA will be effective for five years from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2025 covering the terms and conditions of employment of over 700 rank and file employees of the hospital. The agreement includes enhancements in salaries and benefits applicable in the next three years.
“Ang paglagda ng collective bargaining agreement na ito ay patunay ng pagkakaisa ng management at unyon sa pag-unawa sa sitwasyon ng aming ospital ngayon na gaya ng napakaraming organisasyon sa bansa, ay naapektuhan ng pandemya,” says CSMC President and CEO, Raul Pagdanganan. “Patunay rin ito na sa kabila ng epekto ng pandemya sa aming organisasyon, hindi nawawala ang aming pangako na alagaan ang aming mga empleyado.”
This year’s CBA negotiation was concluded in the first meeting between CVHMC and Kasangga-CSMC last November 3, 2020. This sets precedence as the negotiations were finalized in one day.
The negotiation ran smoothly owing to the CMSC management and the Kasangga-CSMC’s aligned interest in ensuring first that the hospital is viable and is on sound financial standing as it recovers from the effect of the pandemic.
“Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga kasamahan ko sa Kasangga-CSMC dahil nilawakan nila ang kanilang pag-iisip at pag-unawa,” says Dino Babasa, Kasangga-CSMC President. “May kasabihan nga na kapag tayo ay nagtanim, may aanihin. Ang pag-unlad ng Cardinal Santos Medical Center ay para sa atin din.”
With this development, Pagdanganan looks forward to a brighter future for Cardinal Santos Medical Center “Our CBA discussions were characterized by openness, mutual respect, objectivity and professionalism. This will allow us to focus our efforts towards recovery as we continue to innovate and make our services accessible and responsive to more Filipinos.”
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