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Frontliners demand release of deferred benefits

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The Private Hospital Workers Alliance of the Philippines (PHWAP) recently denounced the continued delay of the release of benefits promised to health workers by the government since August.


However, the health department put the fault on hospitals for allegedly not complying with requirements for its issuance.


University of Santo Tomas (UST) Hospital union chief and PHWAP convener Donnell Siazon said that each health worker was owed some P38,000 for six months of rendered work. This does not include special risk allowances (SRAs) and other benefits such as life insurance for those who got infected in the line of duty.


While many have already received their SRAs whether fully or partially, majority have not received allowances indicated under Bayanihan 2 law, which had already lapsed on June 30.


PHWAP also decried the DOH’s claims of lapses in their applications for benefits as members.


“[Health undersecretary Rosario] Vergeire said that funds for meals, transportation, and accommodation are already downloaded by the Department of Budget and Management. It is already available. But it’s just that there are lapses in our claims,” said Siazon, adding that there have been no reports of concerns by hospitals regarding their accomplished applications.


Vergeire meanwhile said that they had already released P6 billion in active hazard duty pay and SRAs for over 700,000 health care workers.


PHWAP represents over 63,000 health care professionals from 12 private hospitals in Metro Manila and Laguna.


Member hospitals are Chinese General Hospital, UST Hospital, St. Luke’s in Quezon City and Bonifacio Global City, Metropolitan Medical Center, De Los Santos Hospital, The Medical City, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Cardinal Santos Hospital, Calamba Medical Center, Hospital of Infant Jesus and Manila Doctor’s Hospital.


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