P684.73M released as ‘Special Risk Allowance’ of WV’s health workers from Sept to April—DOH-6

PHOTO CAPTION: The Department of Health-Region 6 has allocated and released a total of P684.73M as Special Risk Allowance to public and private health workers in Western Visayas from September 2020 to April this year. (N. Glenn Aragon/Photo courtesy of Business Today)

ILOILO CITY–The Department of Health here in Region 6 has released a total of P684.73 million as Special Risk Allowance (SRA) for eligible healthcare workers in Western Visayas from September 2020 to April this year, lending credence to the assertion made by DOH-6 spokesperson Dr. Bea Camille Natalaray that “all concerns can be discussed…and resolved without having to resort to a mass resignation” following reports that some sectors are planning to go on a mass resignation or “medical lockdown”.

The SRA, which is based on a joint circular by the DOH and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), is the additional allowance for eligible health workers that are on physical duty during this pandemic. Each health worker can receive a maximum of P5,000 every month under the SRA.

In a press conference with the DOH-6, it was clarified that the said funds for the health workers’ added incentives were released to the local government units and to private hospitals.

A total of P462.64 million was released for the period September 1 to December 1, 2020, while another P221.73 million was allocated and released for the SRA for the period December 18, 2020, to April 30, 2021.

/iNEWS (Photo courtesy of Philippine Information Agency)

The Health department’s regional office, however, wasn’t able to say how many health workers were able to receive and benefit from the special allowance.

It may be recalled that earlier, Natalaray said she believes whatever issues there are on the welfare of health workers in the region’s hospitals, both public and private, can be discussed and resolved without having to resort to a mass exodus.

She also called on WV’s health workers to air their complaints against management and those pertaining to salaries and other benefits to the concerned hospital higher-ups in order to arrive at a resolution that would benefit all parties.

What’s important, according to her, is that DOH-6 is given the opportunity to answer and provide solutions to the concerns of healthcare workers since they are the frontliners in the ongoing fight against COVID-19. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNEWS)

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