Statement of DOH, Palace on Benefits for Health Workers
DOH – The Department of Health and the Palace reacted to the call of the health workers over the benefits they have yet received until now.
The field greatly challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic is the healthcare system. Across the globe, the said disease has shaken several healthcare system amid the increasing number of patients.
In the Philippines, several hospitals went beyond their capacity amid the recent spike in the COVID-19 cases in the country. For weeks now, PH is recording at least 8,000 new cases of the disease daily.
The national government placed Metro Manila, the epicenter of the disease, under stricter community quarantine measure amid the spike. It is currently under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).
Vaccination against COVID-19 is currently ongoing in the Philippines. The healthcare workers are the top priority as they are the frontliners in the fight against the spread of the disease.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the health workers are calling for the government over the benefits and allowances they have yet to receive until now. During the National Health Workers’ Day, a group of them were on the streets to express their call to the government as they have yet to receive their special risk allowance, performance-based bonus, and life insurance allowance among others.
The Department of Health (DOH) and Malacañang spoke on the call of the health workers. According to the report, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that the Department is already checking on the benefits and allowances not released and as well as the needs of the implementing hospitals.
According to Malacañang, the Palace has already talked with DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III who said that the 1.3 billion excess under Bayanihan 1 will be allotted for the receivable benefits and allowances of the health workers. The said pay includes the hazard pay for the doctors, nurses, and other healthcare staff.
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