NEGROS Occidental Provincial Administrator Lucille Gelvolea said the Provincial Government is trying to address the problems of unpaid casuals assigned in Capitol-run hospitals.

She said they already discussed the problem with Provincial Human Resource Management Officer Anabelle Palic, who is currently reviewing the casual employees who have not yet received their salaries since the start of the year.

She also said they are set to call a meeting of all administrative officers of the 11 Provincial Government hospitals to determine how many casual employees have not yet gotten their salaries, Gelvolea added.

She said the new rules being imposed by the Civil Service Commission on government casual employees are delaying the release of their salaries.

Gelvolea was only reacting to the complaints that employees of Provincial Government-operated district hospitals have not yet received their salaries since January this year.

Based on the new Omnibus Rules of the Civil Service Commission, "casual employees are now required to submit all the requirements before a plantilla is made," she pointed out.

"It used to be that each employee is given their individual contracts," she added.

In the case of nurses, Gelvolea said "they were just required to attach a photocopy of their licenses but now it should be certified by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC)."

How fast they can get the certification from the regional office or at the main office in Manila will determine how fast they get their appointments, she added.

She clarified that not all casual employees assigned in the district hospitals have not been paid their salaries.

Casual employees of the Provincial Government have contracts of six to one year, she added.

She also said the problem has already reached Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., who has ordered Palic to take action on the matter.

However, Gelvolea said that despite the problem, the employees of the district hospitals continue to do their jobs to give medical services to the public.