BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The Department of Health (DOH) has ordered physician Julius Drilon, medical center chief of the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) to answer the complaint for abuse of authority, grave misconduct and harassment filed against him by a hospital nurse.
Abdullah Dumama Jr., health undersecretary for field implementation and coordination team for Visayas and Mindanao, has signed an order directing Drilon to submit his answer or counter-affidavit to the complaint filed by Milagros Atienza, assistant chief nurse for clinical services of CLMMRH.
In her affidavit, Atienza said she was preventively suspended by Drilon from 15 July 2016 to 15 October 2016 for ‘unfounded and baseless allegations’.
She added that Drilon have retaliated against her for being one of the witnesses of the DOH fact-finding committee.
Atienza filed an appeal with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) that ruled in her favor.
She was illegally suspended again and was served six “show cause order” for alleged unprofessional remarks against a clinical instructor of a private university in Bacolod.
The assistant chief nurse also alleged that she was not able to receive her yearend bonus and performance-based bonus in December 2017, mid-year bonus in May 2018 and her 2018 yearend bonus was put off until February 2019.
She said the ‘harassment’ of Drilon hindered her from functioning as assistant chief nurse for clinical services, and thus, deprived the patients and clinical nurses of her expertise.
As of press time, Drilon has not issued any statement regarding the issue.