PHOTO CAPTION: Qualified health care workers at hospitals in Aklan engaged in COVID management should expect to receive their long-overdue Special Risk Allowance soon./iNEWS
KALIBO, Aklan–Aklan governor Florencio Miraflores ordered the Provincial Accounting Office and Human Resource Management Office to fast-track the release of the special risk allowances (SRA) for health care workers here.
This he stressed after the province of Aklan received COVID-19 special risk allowances totaling P2.270 million from the Department of Health (DOH) on July 26, 2021.
The governor said nurses, doctors, and other health workers in hospitals at the forefront of the battle against the coronavirus are entitled to receive their allowances for December 2020 to April 2021 retroactively.
“Halos katiting ang special risk allowances ng mga health care workers natin from DOH. [The special risk allowances from the DOH for our health care workers is almost such a small amount.] We will make sure to distribute the SRA to qualified health workers of the hospitals engaged in COVID-19 patient care,” Miraflores said.
Health care workers on COVID duty at the Aklan provincial hospital who work 12-hour shifts for seven days are entitled to the SRA.
The much-delayed incentives under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act will be retroactively released to health care workers before the end of August, the governor stressed.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed Administrative Order No. 42 authorizing the release of P5,000 maximum SRA per month to medical workers directly in contact with COVID-19 patients.
In related news, Miraflores announced that the salaries of job orders and contract of service personnel for the August 1 to 15 payroll have already been released by the provincial government.
“Ni-relax natin ang ibang requirements para ma-release ang suweldo ng mga contractual workers [We relaxed some of the requirements in order to release the salaries of contractual workers],” he disclosed. (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)