‘Padrino system’ still alive in Roxas City, Capiz public hospital

  • A Facebook user shared a proof of the existence of ‘padrino system’ at a public hospital in Roxas City, Capiz
  • He expressed his concern for his friends, who are working as casual and contractual employees
  • He is hoping the current administration can do something about it

A Facebook post of John Vergel Degala Briones regarding the existence and very strong ‘padrino system’ at a public hospital in Roxas City, Capiz, caught the attention of social media users.

Briones shared a photo of a note posted on the bulletin board of Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital.

The note contained an instruction for all casual and contractual employees of the hospital to submit their application letters to the provincial governor of Capiz.

The note also mentioned that aside from their resume, the casual and contractual employees should also attach a recommendation letter from the nearest political personality known by the governor.

“NO RECCOMENDATION NO RENEWAL,” was written at the end of the note.

Briones, who is also a registered nurse, expressed his concern for his friends who are working in Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital, whose jobs are in danger because of the existence of ‘padrino system’.

He wrote: “My friends’ jobs are in danger. They are excellent nurses who continue to pursue their profession despite salaries as low as Php3,000/month. However, their job permanence are tied to whichever administration wins.

Unfortunately, they can’t do anything about it even if they rally. Can the current national government help them?”

One Facebook user commented that the note was removed from the bulletin board of the hospital, but Briones emphasized that just because it was removed, doesn’t mean that the ‘SOP’ (standard operating procedure) will change.

It is a known fact that ‘padrino system’ has been the source of many controversies and corruption in the Philippines for many years now.

In this system, ‘who you know’ is more important than ‘what you know’, which means someone would gain favor through family affiliation (nepotism) or friendship (cronyism).

Back in August 2013, former Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago filed a bill that seeks to prohibit politicians from practicing the “padrino system.”

GMA News Online quoted her as saying: “The ‘padrino system’ is another deplorable practice of ‘epal’ politicians. These epal politicians already have their names on every public infrastructure from their pork barrel funds, and now they want their names attached in people’s resumes? The nerve of these people!”