Health Worker Expresses Dismay Over Delayed Salary
A health worker expressed her sentiments regarding her job status: “Lagi po kaming nagmamakaawa para po sa aming sahod”
Last week, Sorsogon Gov. Francis “Chiz” Escudero lambasted the Department of Health over its alleged inappropriate treatment to the health workers who were hired to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
The lawmaker exposed that 11 nurses were experiencing delayed salary amid anti-COVID 19 efforts. Two of the nurses received their salary for two months only after working for more than five months.
Nine of the 11 nurses did not yet receive any salary even after working for over a month. Out of 11 nurses assigned to Sorsogon, only one has been chosen to stay and none of them has benefits due to alleged violation of contract.
Escudero also said that the public is crying for justice against the health authorities who were mistreating overworked, underpaid, demoralized, and vulnerable frontliners amid the health crisis.
“Halos umaabot na po ng more than two months po, may time po na umabot din po ng three months. Lagi po kaming nagmamakaawa para po sa aming sahod, ‘yung stress po. Pagod ka sa duty, pati po ‘yung sahod mo kakaba-kaba ka,” Nurse Anna lamented.
Health workers are entitled to receive a P3,000 hazard pay for every month of duty Under Administrative Order No. 26 issued in March amid the enhanced community quarantine.
Nurse Kristy Reyes also expressed her sentiments stating that thousands of nurses prefer to work abroad to receive better salary and protection.
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