DOH Sec. Duque Gives Statement over Health Workers’ Benefits Release
DUQUE – Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III spoke on the benefits that health workers have yet to receive until now.
Health workers are undeniably among the most challenged professions now amid the current situation. Daily, they are risking their lives in the line of duty to attend to the treatment of the sick. Their families may also be at risk as they continue to keep their commitment to their vocation.
It has been more than a year now since the Philippines were faced with a tough battle that swayed the healthcare industry in the country. Unfortunately, amid the fight, many doctors and nurses have fallen.
Aside from the health risks, many health workers now are also financially challenged. They are calling for the national government over the release of the allowances and benefits they have yet to receive.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte recognized the efforts of the frontliners in the health industry and their huge contribution to the fight. He assured them that the national government is willing to help them.
The President ordered the Department of Health (DOH) to release the benefits of the health workers 10 days since Friday. Based on a report in ABS-CBN News, Health Sec. Francisco Duque III assured that they can release the benefits for the health workers within the deadline set by the Chief Executive.
According to the Health Secretary during the meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF), they have already submitted all the documents needed for the release of the P311 million budget. It is intended for the special risk allowance of over 20,000 health care workers from December 2020 until June 2021.
The DOH Secretary said that the next step in the release of the budget is already in the hands of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). He further expressed that they have also prepared the contingent fund.
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