July 13, 2024

A pharmaceutical company is offering its services for mental health assessment for employees of the city government of Baguio for free during the first three months.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the company was linked to him by Dr. Paul Adlai B. Quitiquit, medical director of the SLU Hospital of the Sacred Heart Medical Center, which he said used the same mental health diagnostic program for their employees.

The pharmaceutical company proposes to work hand-in-hand with the City Health Services Office-Mental Health and Wellness Unit.

At least 60 percent of the more than 2,000 employees of city government are targeted for assessment through survey questionnaires.

Analysis of survey results will be handled jointly by the private partner and the CHSO in consideration of the Data Privacy Act.

Program interventions will be developed based on the survey result and analysis of the most common source of stress or anxiety among the participating employees.

The program hopes to address work dissatisfaction, impaired productivity, absenteeism, and quiet quitting among employees.

In one of the surveys conducted by the company to 6,000 employees of a corporation, work was the highest source of stress causing insomnia, work dissatisfaction, and lesser work focus, among others, which affects individual productivity in the workplace.

The mayor sees the proposed partnership as a means to improve the services of the city government anchored to his good governance agenda. – Jessa Mardy P. Samidan