Rizal Town Face Backlash Over Pay
RIZAL – The Municipality of Cardona in Rizal face public backlash over P13,000 pay offer to registered nurses during a pandemic.
Hospitals in the Philippines remain at risk of being overwhelmed following a surge in hospitalizations and new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Health workers have raised the alarm about hospitals being overwhelmed due to insufficient health personnel and a lack of beds.
The inadequate compensation for COVID-19 frontliners had also been a subject of protest since the start of the health crisis. In a previous article, health care workers and nurses threatened to conduct a “mass resignation.”
Nurses issued the warning amid the rising coronavirus cases in the country. They recently asked the Department of Health (DOH) to give them their mandatory “special risk allowance” and “active hazard duty pay.”
The Philippine Nurses Association said they sympathize with their condition but do not encourage them to commit mass resignation. They said it will only make the situation worse.
On August 23, 2021, the Municipality of Cardona in Rizal announced on Facebook that they are hiring registered nurses. It says that they will be assigned at its Municipal Health Office.
The town was offering P13,000 for the job. Some netizens who noticed the post immediately slammed the government unit for offering low pay to RNs.
The Facebook post was later removed following the backlash but some netizens managed to take a screenshot and share copies of it on Twitter, Reddit, and FB.
Lots of Filipino doctors and nurses were affected by the pandemic. They sacrificed their lives attending to emergency cases. Netizens lamented the discrimination against frontliners despite their vital role in resolving the health crisis. Here are some of their comments from the post:
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