THE Negros Occidental Provincial Government has hired 18 more consultants for various hospitals in the province.
The Provincial Board approved the contracts of services of these doctors during the regular session Wednesday, February 14.
In total, 52 consultants were already hired by the Capitol this year, with contracts covering the period January 1 to December 31.
Among those hired were Dr. Dove Demandante-Alayon and Dr. Joecel Talite as consultants in the implementation of blood donation of the Negros First Provincial Blood Center.
Other hired consultants were Dr. Emilia Gamboa as pathologist of Cadiz District Hospital; Dr. Anthony Hinolan, surgical consultant for Valladolid District Hospital; Dr. Joventino Roque, mini-laparatomy consultant for Vicente Gustilo District Hospital; Dr. Charles Michael Buyco, pathologist of Ignacio L. Arroyo Memorial District Hospital; Dr. Eriberto Layda, pathologist, and Dr. Ryan Joseph Jubal as radiologist, both for Calatrava District Hospital.
Also, eight reliever doctors were hired in the different Capitol-run hospitals.
They are Dr. Jose Maria Perez Jr. for Eleuterio T. Decena Memorial Hospital; Dr. Lalaine Somodio for Lorenzo D. Zayco District Hospital; Dr. Francis Balzomo for Don Salvador Benedicto Memorial District Hospital; Dr. Leah Mae Sucgang for Cadiz District Hospital; and Dr. Norma Nemenzo for Calatrava District Hospital.
Also hired as reliever doctors were Dr. Allen John Jamito, Dr. Katrina Dyann May Pastolero and Dr. Isagani Ayala for Merceditas J. Montilla District Hospital.
Dr. Jeremy John King was hired as radiologist for both Merceditas J. Montilla District Hospital and Ignacio L. Arroyo Memorial District Hospital.
Second District Board Member Salvador Escalante Jr., chairman of committee on appropriations, budget, finance, ways and means, said some of these doctors were hired by two or more Capitol-run hospitals.
They are required to render 48 hours of service in one week, he said, adding that as long as they can comply with the required hours per hospital, it is okay for them to work in two district hospitals.
He added some of them still continue their private practice.
Escalante had earlier said rates range from P20,000 to P50,000 depending on the service rendered, mostly 48 hours a week.
Aside from the contracts of the doctors, consultancy agreements with other 16 consultants were also approved last month, including those of retired Major General Jon Aying for internal security and public safety concerns, and former governor Rafael Coscolluela for investment promotions, trade and export development and inter-agency coordination.