“Maliit na nga ang sahod hindi pa naibibigay on time”: Hontiveros to DOH about delayed payment for health workers

  • Senator Risa Hontiveros urged the Department of Health to immediately take action in addressing the problem of the health care workers
  • According to her, there were numerous reports stating the unpaid salaries and benefits of health care workers
  • She also warned that it will affect the government’s campaign to recruit more health workers  to help fight the COVID-19

It was September 11, 2020 when the Bayanihan to Recover as One (Bayanihan 2) was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte. Under the Bayanihan 2, it mandates that all public and private health workers treating COVID-19 cases must receive an additional P10,000 as Special Risk Allowance.

Given this, Senator Risa Hontiveros urged the Department of Health to immediately take action in addressing the problem of the health care workers.

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“The best way we can thank our frontliners is to ensure that they receive all the proper salaries and benefits due to them under the law. Ibigay natin ang sweldo at proteksyon na nararapat para sa ating mga health worker bilang pagkilala sa kanilang kabayanihan at sakripisyo,” Hontiveros said.

According to her, there were numerous reports stating the unpaid salaries and benefits of health care workers who are risking their lives for many months in fighting COVID-19.

Hontiveros added, “Maliit na nga ang sahod, hindi pa naiibigay on time. Ito ba talaga ang tamang pagtrato sa ating frontliners? The DOH needs to act with more haste in processing the salaries and benefits of our medical workers, who perform tasks critical to our health response against the pandemic, such as contact tracing, testing and treatment of COVID-19 patients.”

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She continued saying DOH should immediately address the problem, because if government fails to address the slow release of payment for the health workers, she warned that it will affect the government’s campaign to recruit more health workers  to help fight the COVID-19.

“Pinipilit natin ang mga health workers na manatili sa bansa sa pamamagitan ng health worker deployment ban, pero hindi natin maibigay ng tama ang sweldo na kailangan nila para buhayin ang kanilang pamilya. This is an unjust situation which government must correct immediately.” -Senator Risa Hontiveros